Thursday, May 24, 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.

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 one month 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: 2 months ago
Alfonso Calderon, 16, addresses a the crowd on the steps of Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. A week after the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Floridaâ\u0080\u0099s Republican-dominated state government faces unprecedented pressure to pass legislation addressing gun violence. (Audra Melton/The New York Times) XNYT25

Maxwell: Reasonable people do not want teachers to be armed

Public school teachers, arguably America’s most convenient scapegoats, are again thrust into the center of a problem not of their making, a problem that they cannot fix.This time, in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...
Updated: 3 months ago
Maxwell: Putting a face on Florida’s refusal to let felons vote

Maxwell: Putting a face on Florida’s refusal to let felons vote

Updated: 4 months ago
Dr. Jonathan Miller checks Jay Dennis, 3, at a clinic run by the Nemours Childrenâ\u0080\u009A\u0080\u0099s Health System in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 30, 2017. The Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a program whose federal funds ran out Sept. 30, is an unexpected victim of the partisan rancor that has stymied legislative action in Washington this year. (Mark Makela/The New York Times) XNYT109

Maxwell: Congress should find the money for children’s health insurance

Jean Floom is a 47-year-old social worker in St. Lucie County, a job she has held for seven years. Her annual salary is $38,000. She is unmarried and has a 4-year-old daughter.Because Floom earns too much income to qualify for Medicaid but not...
Updated: 5 months ago

Maxwell: Welcome to Florida, the benighted state

One of Florida’s three nicknames is the Sunshine State. We should add at least one more: the Benighted State.You see, our anti-intellectual lawmakers in Tallahassee recently passed a law that institutionalizes academic censorship in our public...
Updated: 6 months ago