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MLK Holiday Must Continue to be a Time for Reflection

by Reggie Fullwood Every day, every week, month and year we become more removed from some of the struggles of the past. For African Americans, our history in this country has been one of extreme challenge and great achievement. For older blacks, the Civil Rights Movement and leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. are still very relevant and unforgettable. For younger blacks, the story is quite different. Ofte ...

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No Indictments in Brown and Garner Murders Cause Mass Protests Around the Country

What is the value of a black man’s life in America? That’s the question being asked all over social media after a grand jury in Ferguson, MO. decided not to charge the police officer that killed an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown months ago. Some two weeks later, a Staten Island jury decides not to indict a police officer that choked Eric Garner to death on camera. Thank God for camera phones – the entire ...

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With the Fall Elections Less Than a Week Away, Turn Out is Still a Major Problem

As I think about the challenge of the day – why voter turn out continues to be a major issue this election cycle – It reminds me of the movie, Groundhog’s Day. In the movie, a weatherman played by Bill Murray is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. I feel like we all keep waking up and dealing with the same issue every election cycle.  How do we motivate people to do the right thing, the obvio ...

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As the Economy Grows, Poverty Still Remains a Major Issue

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor, “said James A. Baldwin. Most of us know low income people – I guess that’s the politically correct name for poor folks these days. Although we know that poverty exists, often times we get so caught up in our own day to day lives that we rarely take the time to fully understand the conditions that many Americans are l ...

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Why Good Charter Schools Can Coexist with Public Schools

One of the things I like about School Superintendent Vitti is his attitude about competition. Whether it’s on the basketball court or in the classroom – he wants to win andworks extremely hard to succeed. He said publicly that he’s not afraid of competing against charter schools for students because his goal is for Duval’s public schools to “dominate.”  Often times, us public school advocates are not charte ...

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Despite Recent Accomplishments: Education Still Key for Blacks in America

by Reggie Fullwood “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others. . . . One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” These are the words of W.E.B. Dubois, and they written ...

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New Study Shows that Locking Up Juveniles Likely Makes Them Adult Criminals

“The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place,” said Marian Wright Edelman. And that is the essential challenge we face as we deal with juvenile offenders – how do we punish and reform without pushing youth towards a path of chronic crime as adults. It is an issue that many have devoted their lives to studyi ...

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Success for Children Starts at Home: Are weRaising our Daughters and Being Soft with our Sons

“Children respond to the expectations of their environment,” states Price Cobb, a black psychiatrist. It’s a powerful statement and extremely true. If you think about our youth - that is exactly what they do, but there are always exceptions to that rule.  Many children from poor households in which the parents have low expectations don’t perform well in school – hence they end up in the same cycle of povert ...

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Governor Signs In-State Tuition Bill for Immigrant Students, Must be Campaign Season

For the last several years, Democrats in Tallahassee have been trying pass legislation that allows Florida students whose parents are undocumented residents to have some of the same opportunities as other students, like in-state tuition and the ability to get a drivers license. Those attempts at helping these students had all failed until recently. Last year, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford made a bo ...

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