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The Confederate Flag a Symbol of Racism in America – SC Take it Down

I don’t know what angered and upset me the most – hearing about the nine blacks murdered in the Charleston, South Carolina African Methodist Episcopal church or hearing some of the nonsense coming from Republicans running for President. This reminded me of a quote in the bible that basically says, that it's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. So when people like Lindse ...

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Should Florida become a Vegas-style Casino State?

by Reggie Fullwood “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are,” said the great writer C. S. Lewis. That pretty much sums up the issue of the expansion of gambling in the state of Florida. It is a matter of perspective, and it is one of the biggest decisions the state legislature and Governor will have to make in the near fut ...

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Common Core Education Standards Still a Major Issue

Charles Dudley Warner infamously said, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” What if I told you that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current president of the U.S. President Obama agree on more than they probably disagree when it comes to policy issues? I certainly haven’t talked to Gov. Bush of late or maybe I never have, but I know that he also has strong ties to the Hispanic community and believes in ...

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Why Black History Month is Still Relevant

by Reggie Fullwood "Freedom is never given; it is won," said the great organizer and leader A. Phillip Randolph. Black history is a history of fighting for freedoms and recognitions that were once denied." If you walk into any elementary school classroom around the country, regardless of the demographic makeup of the children, a vast majority of those students will know who Dr. Martin Luther King is. But if ...

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Black History Month is Still Relevant in 2015, And Here’s Why

"Freedom is never given; it is won," said the great organizer and leader A. Phillip Randolph. Black history is a history of fighting for freedoms and recognitions that were once denied. If you walk into any elementary school classroom around the country, regardless of the demographic makeup of the children, a vast majority of those students will know who Dr. Martin Luther King is. But if you walk in to that ...

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President’s Free Community College Plan a Game Changer, But also a Long Shot

by Reggie Fullwood “Education is a precondition to survival in America today,” said Marian Wright Edelman. Certainly, that belief is rooted at the foundation of President Obama’s announcement last week that he believes that community college should be free to all Americans. The president's plan is being called  “America's College Promise,” would cover students' tuition for qualifying community college progr ...

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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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