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Marcus Bright
Dr. Marcus Bright is the Executive Director of Education for a Better America (EBA). EBA launched a series of nationwide initiatives designed to increase the pursuit of post-secondary education, increase civic engagement, prevent school dropouts, increase the pursuit of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers among urban youth, and promote health and wellness across the United States. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. Bright received a Bachelor’s degree in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Bright is a cable news commentator and has spoken across the country at universities, prisons, and other venues on a variety of topics related to civic engagement, education, and social justice.

Entries by Marcus Bright

The Critical Importance of Civil Rights Activism and Educational Collaboration

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 3:44 PM

The month of May marked the 51st consecutive month of private sector job growth in the United States. Despite this fact, Black Americans are still twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to their White counterparts and Hispanic Americans lag behind as well....

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Atlanta Mayor Unfairly Scapegoated in Snowstorm Aftermath

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:47 PM

There is certainly plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the response of Atlanta metro area and state of Georgia public officials to the snowstorm that occurred last week. In the rush to blame someone in the immediate aftermath of the storm, a large portion of the...

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Why the Starving Out of Public Education Threatens Our Economic Future and What We Can Do About It

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:08 PM

The deliberate financial starvation of urban school districts across the country is a threat to the civil rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens and a potentially devastating blow to the economic future of the United States.

Over the past two years, we've seen Chicago...

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The Need for Out of the Box Solutions in Mental Health Treatment

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 6:47 PM

A recent Army Times piece explained that a mental health program aimed at reducing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be expanded despite their own researchers finding no proven gains since 2009. This revelation is a vivid illustration of the need for out of the box solutions in mental...

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Education for a Better America Initiative Seeks to Bolster Philadelphia Students During School Funding Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 10:39 AM

The public education crisis in the city of Philadelphia is reaching a crescendo as the scheduled opening of the 2013-2014 school year on September 9 nears. Due to the school district's 304 million dollar deficit, the School Reform Commission in Pennsylvania voted in March to close 23 schools...

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The Poor Deemed as Insignificant in the Florida Health Care Reform Implementation War

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 3:08 PM

There is an old African proverb that says, "When the elephants are at war, it is the grass that suffers." Unfortunately, politics have trumped people and posturing has overtaken progress as it pertains to many critical issues facing the nation. The result has been that much of the citizenry has...

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Arne Duncan Headlines Launch of New UNCF Better Futures Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:56 PM

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at length on Friday, June 14 about the need to break down the financial barriers to college. Duncan praised the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) history of helping students of color to finance their higher education and asserted that now is the...

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Miami Community Leaders to Gather to Formulate a Strategic Plan to Address Gun Violence

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:36 AM

The life of Aaron Willis was forever changed on the night of December 19, 2012. The ninth grader at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida was shot while riding his bike in the Wynwood section of the city when shots rang out. One of the bullets...

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Low-Income and Minority Students Needed in STEM Pipeline

(7) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 11:40 AM

The front page of Sunday's New York Times featured a story entitled "Better Colleges Fail to Lure Talented Poor: Qualified But Unaware." The article centered on a new analysis by Caroline Hoxby of Stanford and Christine Avery of Harvard that found that the majority of low-income...

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Major Leaders and Students to Converge at FIU for Education for a Better America Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:50 PM

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan forcefully reiterated President Obama's challenge for the U.S. to lead the World in college graduation rates by 2020 at a Martin Luther King Day Luncheon in Washington D.C. hosted by Education for a Better America (EBA) and the National...

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Sharpton and Walcott to Tackle Health Disparities in New York City

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 9:50 AM

The health disparities in New York State are staggering according to the 2012 New York State Minority Health Surveillance Report. Hispanics in New York State had the highest percentage of poor or fair health when compared with other ethnic groups. African-Americans had the highest rates of prostate cancer...

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A Beacon of Excellence in Urban Education on the West Side of Chicago

(3) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 8:53 AM

When it comes to models of excellence in the area of urban education; Frazier International Magnet School (FIMS) on Chicago's West Side stands at the forefront. The school, which serves grades K-8, opened in September of 2007 after an intense recruiting effort in West Side neighborhoods for students. In 2010,...

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Hoop Dreams Abound in Inaugural ABL Season

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:15 PM

The 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams followed the journeys of two Chicago teenagers in their attempt to fulfill professional basketball aspirations. Arthur Agee from the West Garfield Park section of Chicago's Westside and William Gates from the Cabrini Green Housing Project exhibited talent, perseverance, and drive ultimately parlaying their...

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Partnership Between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and FIU Sparks Educational Innovation and Improvement

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 3:12 PM

Innovation and improvement characterize the partnership at Miami Northwestern Senior High School between Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Northwestern, located in Liberty City, an economically disadvantaged section of Miami, received a school grade of "D" or "F" every year between 2000 and 2010....

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Awaking the Sleeping Giant: Curry Sparks a Resurgence in Social Activism

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:34 PM

The most powerful black person in the state of Florida is arguably the Senior Pastor of New Birth Baptist Church in Miami, Bishop Victor T. Curry. Curry, who also serves as the National Action Network Miami Chapter President, was the driving force behind the non-partisan get out the...

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Thomas, Townsend, and Sharpton Use Entertainment and Film to Combat Youth Violence

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:51 AM

One of the most striking aspects of many urban communities is the vast amount of talent that is wasted. Many of the young people that reside in these areas are immensely talented and gifted but do not receive the appropriate encouragement, direction, or guidance to realize the full extent of...

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The Battle for the Future of Access to Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:03 PM

The selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate has ignited an intense debate over his proposed budget with the lion share of the spotlight focusing on the future of the Medicare program. The future of Medicare is a very critical issue and the attention that...

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Mary Thomas Way: A Tribute to Courage and Service

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 11:16 PM

When Homan Street on the Westside of Chicago, Illinois is changed to Mary Thomas Way on Saturday, August 4 it will be a salute to every mother who is a "drum major" for sacrifice and service in their family. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his speech The...

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The Collateral Damage of 'Big Time' College Athletics

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 4:38 PM

There is no doubt that there are many great things about major college athletics. It gives students, alumni, and in some instances entire states a sense of pride and togetherness. It provides thousands of young people with scholarships and helps to fund institutions of higher learning. These and other benefits...

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Stigmas, Stereotypes, and the Theater Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 4:01 PM

The impact of stigmas and stereotypes can be observed and analyzed as it pertains to the appalling violence that took place in the movie theater on July 20 in Aurora, Colorado. First, there is the issue of mental health and the stigma associated with it. The shooter was clearly in...

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