Saturday, September 22, 2018

Writers

Bill Maxwell, Opinion columnist

Bill Maxwell, Opinion columnist

Bill Maxwell first joined the Times in 1994 as an editorial writer. He also wrote a twice-weekly column. In 2004, he left to teach journalism and establish a program at Stillman College in Alabama, but he returned to the board in August 2006. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Maxwell was reared in a migrant farming family. After a short time in college and the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to school. During his college years, he worked as an urban organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and wrote for several civil rights publications. He first began teaching college English in 1973 at Kennedy-King College in Chicago and continued to teach for 18 years. Before joining the Times, Maxwell spent six years writing a weekly column for the Gainesville Sun and the New York Times syndicate. Before that, Maxwell was an investigative reporter for the Fort Pierce Tribune in Fort Pierce, where he focused on labor and migrant farm worker affairs.



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Workers stitch together hats on the factory floor of Cali Fame and Cali Headwear in Carson, Calif. The hat and apparel maker is best known for producing Donald Trump\u2019s \u201CMake America Great Again\u201D baseball caps.

Maxwell: How Trump supporters made me feel like a stranger in Florida

As a journalist, I spend a lot of time traveling Floridas blue highways and back roads. I am a native Floridian, and I always have been keenly aware of the racism and general intolerance in the state, especially in our rural interior and the...
Updated one month ago

Maxwell: The partisan divide over higher education

For generations, most Americans, Republicans and Democrats, accepted the conventional wisdom that higher education serves the greater good.That notion has changed on both sides of the political divide. While both now argue that higher education...
Updated: 2 months ago

Maxwell: Gubernatorial candidate Chris King looks at sugar cane burning

When I was told Chris King, a Democratic candidate for governor, would visit Belle Glade to meet local activists who are trying to persuade sugarcane farmers to change their pre-harvesting method, I wondered why he would invite the ire of the powerful...
Updated: 3 months ago
Acres of sugar cane burn behind homes in Belle Glade. This is part of what is called

Maxwell: Homeowners protest Big Sugar’s burning of cane fields

BELLE GLADE
Updated: 4 months ago

Maxwell: Helping law enforcement agencies face challenges together

The Tampa Bay area is best known for being a tourist destination and home to the U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, both at MacDill Air Force Base. Relatively few people know that the area is also an international destination...
Updated: 5 months ago
ONLY MEDIA GENERAL PROPERTIES WHO ARE MEMBERS OF AP MAY USE THIS PHOTO  --  1968 Time Magazine photo shows aides to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointing to where they think King's assassin fired from .  The photo was released almost a week after the killing in Memphis.  This now-famous photo was taken by Joseph Louw of the Public Broadcast Laboratory .  Louw was on a Memphis assignment as assistant producer of a television show about King's planned 'Poor People's March on Washington'. ( Assassination, Lorraine Motel in Memphis )

Maxwell: The MLK paradox

Twenty-one Americans have won the Nobel Peace Prize. The first was President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and the last was Barack Obama in 2009. All but one of the American laureates received the prize for efforts that had an international...
Updated: 6 months ago