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.

Bill Maxwell: Empowering women in politics

Women members of Congress, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, cheer after President Donald Trump acknowledges more women in Congress during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A new women’s organization called Supermajority aims to train women to be more active in politics and in their communities.

Maxwell: Campus disputes over leggings and sports bras recall earlier era

Renewed social battles over how women choose to dress recall the 1960s.

Maxwell: The enduring dilemma of race

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) DCAB103
A congressional hearing and a Virginia controversy remind us that race still confounds us.

Maxwell: Let’s save the paradise that is Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis has toured Everglades marshes to get a better understanding of the restoration efforts. [Miami Herald photo by Patrick Farrell]
Apparently, the new governor wants to restore some of the old pristine Florida he enjoyed as a child growing up in Pinellas County. Whatever his motivations, Floridians should support his early...

Maxwell: The joy of reading, from father to son to daughter to grandsons

Parental involvement is key to teaching kids to read and appreciate education.