The Richmond Defender

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The Defender is available at nearly 300 distribution sites throughout Virginia. The list of sites is currently being updated and will be posted here soon. Thank you for your patience.

Vol. 8, No. 3, Autumn 2012



Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer 2012

Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2012

Vol. 7, No. 2 – Autumn 2011

Vol. 7, No. 1 – Spring-Summer 2011

Autumn-Winter 2010

Spring-Summer 2010

December 2009 Special VPA Issue

Jul – Sep 2009

Apr – Jun 2009

Jan – Mar 2009 (VPA Issue)

Sep – Dec 2008

Jul – Aug 2008

May – Jun 2008

Mar – Apr 2008

Jan – Feb 2008

“The Patrick Henry Initiative” (From the Nov.-Dec. 2007 Richmond Defender)
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Editorial Board Ana Edwards, Queen Zakia Rafiqa Shabazz, Phil WIlayto.  Editor  Phil Wilayto — Writers Ana Edwards, Queen Zakia Shabazz, Phil Wilayto, Breanne Armbrust, Ann Williams — Photographers  F. Moon, Garrie Rouse, Phil Wilayto, Ana Edwards — Arts Consultant  Ana Edwards — Production  Ana Edwards — Advertising  Phil Wilayto, Queen Zakia Shabazz, Ana Edwards — Circulation  Donna Atchkinson, Lillie Branch-Kennedy, Barbara Brown, Herbert Brown, Rain Burroughs, Janet Campbell, Annie Coleman, Ana Edwards, Matthew Freeman, Lorraine Giles, Stewart Graham, Martha Johnson, Josh, Essie Miller, Sean O’Hern, Eric Penn, Joyce Pritchard, Dieyah Rasheed, Queen Zakia Shabazz, Phil Wilayto, Ann Williams



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We welcome letters, while reserving the right to edit for clarity, length and style.  To submit a letter to the editor or an item for the Community Calendar or to place an ad, contact:


The Richmond Defender

PO Box 23202, Richmond, VA 23223 – Ph: (804) 644.5834

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Unless otherwise noted, all contents of The Richmond Defender are copyrighted by year.


Submissions to the newspaper’s Community Calendar must be received by the Friday preceding the publication date. Please include the name of the event, the event sponsor, contact information, time, date, place and any admission cost.


To place a display ad with more information, or for events with an admission charge of more than $10, please contact our advertising department at (804) 644-5834 or e-mail for our rate sheet and to discuss your advertising needs.



Available FREE at more than 277 locations throughout Richmond and the surrounding region. The Defender is carried in all Richmond Public Library branches and many community centers.



Dollar for dollar, advertising in THE RICHMOND DEFENDER is the best marketing opportunity in Richmond. Out rates are very competitive — a business-card size ad is only $25.00 when you commit to three issues. Our print run is a minimum of 16,000 and growing. For more information, call (804) 644-5834.



The Richmond Defender is an all-volunteer newspaper. No one gets paid. We publish because we believe in what the paper stands for. Not another newspaper in Richmond can make that claim.


But that also means that we need your help — to distribute the newspaper, to encourage businesses and nonprofits to advertise and to give us your valuable feedback.

Call (804) 644-5834 to learn how you can DISTRIBUTE The Richmond Defender in your neighborhood and help us keep in touch with the issues that concern the residents of Richmond.



There are also other ways you can help. METAL DISPLAY RACKS cost $25.00 each. Newspaper boxes cost $150.00 or more each. Help us place The Richmond Defender in more public places by contributing to the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality.


Send a check or money order to

Defenders, PO Box 23202, Richmond, VA 23223.