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Bernie Sanders Wants Free College for Everyone, But is it a Realistic Concept?

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

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African American Women Have Always Had to Lead Through Tough Times

“We will be ourselves and free, or die in the attempt. Harriet Tubman was not our great-grandmother for nothing,” said Alice Walker. It is that strength and fortitude throughout the years that has helped African American women keep their families together and stable in the face of great adversity. It is hard not to pay homage to the beings I consider the strongest on earth – women. Mary McLeod Bethune said ...

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Why Parents Are Opting Out of High Stakes Testing

A wise man once said,” All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” Why is this quote relevant? Because it is testing season in Florida, and around the country, and students in grades 3 and up will be subjected to hours and hours of testing that will not give their teacher or parents any meaningful feedback. In fact, resul ...

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Politics has Turned into the Real March Madness

I am excited about March Madness, which essentially includes the dozens of NCAA basketball conference tournaments, and then the big dance – the tournament for the “Final Four” and national championship. You have to love basketball games being played all day and every day for a couple of weeks. Then there are the upsets and buzzer beaters – fun, fun, fun! But this year, March Madness is almost overshadowed b ...

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Black History is Bigger Than a One Month Celebration

"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 make up of the children, a vast majority of those students will know who Dr. Martin Luther King is. But if you walk in to tha ...

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Gun Violence and Murders Spike in 2016, But Whose to Blame?

I recently read a quote that said,” Child loss is not an event, it an indescribable journey of survival.” It’s a journey that no parent ever wants to take. Unfortunately, it’s a journey that the parents of 22-month-old Aiden Michael McClendon are taking right now, and my heart goes out to the family. The mother, grandmother and the baby boy were parked in front of a house on the Eastside when a drive by sho ...

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The Real Reason Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so Popular

I hate to lump a good guy like Sen. Bernie Sanders in with The Donald, but for the sake of this article I will make an exception because it’s hard to separate their impact on the Presidential election. Both candidates are extreme in many ways. For example, Hilary Clinton says that she wants to make college for affordable for Americans. Hell, Sanders says that he wants to make college free for all Americans. ...

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Black Youth Getting Life in Prison at Alarming Rates, but Courts and President Trying to Provide Some Relief

It was a busy week in DC for juvenile justice issues. First, President Obama on announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused, and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. Many may be aware that the President has been touring federal prisons and actually talking to inmates and looking for real solutions to fa ...

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

by Reggie Fullwood “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him,” said Booker T. Washington. The U.S. justice system has held so many blacks down through improper arrests and convictions; and still to this day, it is still a system rampant with injustice and inequality. Two years ago, I learned the impossible story of James Joseph Richardson. Perhaps I should use the word improbable, or even unb ...

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2015 Was a Year Full of Shock and Significance

OK, to say that 2015 flew by would be very cliche’ right? But it would be so true. As the year comes to an end, the holidays just didn’t seem quite the same – especially with 80-degree weather in Jacksonville and 60-degree weather in New York City ???? Regardless of the weather, 2015 will be remembered as a year of significant change and astounding events. One of my favorite stories or nonstories of the yea ...

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