Saturday, November 17, 2018


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.

This is an undated file photo of a plaque outside of the Sixteenth (16th) Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., showing the four girls who were killed in a 1963 bombing at the church. The FBI has reopened its investigation of the bombing after a secret, year-long investigation of the case.  (AP Photo/Birmingham News, FILE) (Denise McNair, 11, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson, all 14.)

Maxwell: Hate crimes are part of America

Many Americans are stunned by the recent pipe bombs mailed to President Donald Trump’s critics and by the 11 murders of Jews at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. The hateful social media posts by the accused men have caused no small amount of...
Published: 11/05/18

Bill Maxwell: Beyond the court

Occasionally, an event arises that goes to the very heart and soul of who are as a nation. This event, in fact, may manifest our national character, capture our esprit de corps and may lay bare our major fissures.Brett Kavanaugh’s...
Updated one month ago
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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 Florida’s 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: 3 months 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: 4 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: 5 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

Updated: 6 months ago