race relations

The Cauldron of Jackson Ward Series (Part 1 of 3): From his father’s storefront, civil rights activist James E. Jackson Jr. saw the plight of exploited black workers and his community’s stand against racism — both touchstones for his life’s work. more

Jun 28, 2016 12:46 PM Features

In libraries, attics and basements across the commonwealth, report cards, high school newspapers, yearbooks and other material from Virginia’s desegregation era lie forgotten. The DOVE project wants them. more

Jun 3, 2016 12:16 PM Education

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia's long effort to renew the armory of the First Battalion Virginia Volunteers culminates in an opening weekend. more

May 3, 2016 5:14 PM Galleries

Artists capture dancers' movements, and dancers interpret theatrical works. Plus, there’s Easter on Parade, the opening of VCU’s annual undergraduate art exhibitions and a visit by radio and TV personality Sway Calloway for an RVA film premiere. more

Mar 23, 2016 2:15 PM Arts

Latinos, many-cultured and multihued, are looking for a Richmond story that goes beyond black and white more

Mar 13, 2016 3:39 PM Sunday Story 1 Comments

Richie Pope hopes his illustration will pull the renowned civil rights leader out of the pages of history and into our present lives. more

Jan 18, 2016 1:59 PM Arts

Much of the criticism of black student activism at VCU misses the point more

Nov 22, 2015 6:30 AM Sunday Story 5 Comments

In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, Richmond’s Police Department and its Young Adult Police Commission seek mutual understanding. more

Nov 1, 2015 6:30 AM Sunday Story

Doug Wilder

courtesy of L. Douglas Wilder

Ahead of a VCU and VUU-hosted symposium on race, the former Governor weighs in on the Black Lives Matter movement, his plans for a national slavery museum, and the city's 2016 mayoral race. more

Oct 15, 2015 2:30 AM News

The interracial, intergenerational effort to preserve a neighborhood’s stories – and build a new community. more

Sep 27, 2015 6:30 AM Sunday Story

The Fifth Annual Virginia Commonwealth University Southern Film Festival shows the tangled interrelations of its musical heritage and its presentation in film. more

Sep 10, 2015 5:25 PM Arts

In a changed city and media climate, The Richmond Free Press moves into a future without founder Ray Boone more

Aug 12, 2015 10:14 AM Features 2 Comments

Lately, on social media and in coffee shops, a tone of indignation and righteousness (a terrible combination) is directed toward the statues of Monument Avenue. The drift goes that the bearded and booted Confederate chieftains should go. Again. more

Jun 25, 2015 10:37 AM Arts 5 Comments

The current flap over the former Spokane, Washington, NAACP chapter president who turns out probably not to be African-American isn't anything new. The full glare of media and social commentary, however, is something else again. more

Jun 15, 2015 4:00 PM Arts

Kristen Green's new book, "Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County," is a personal investigation into forces that shaped a generation of young people, black and white. more

Jun 9, 2015 12:00 PM Datebook

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