Fulwood III

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Sam Fulwood III

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Sam Fulwood III is a nonresident senior fellow at American Progress. He is also the former director and founder of American Progress’ Leadership Institute, a program to assist with the advancement of people of color in public policy.

In an earlier profession, Fulwood was a metro columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, the last stop in a nearly three-decade journalism career that featured posts at several metropolitan newspapers. During the 1990s, he was a national correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

He has also worked as a business editor and state political editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as an assistant city editor, business reporter, editorial writer, and Johannesburg, South Africa, bureau correspondent for the Baltimore Sun; and as a police, business, and sports reporter at The Charlotte Observer.

Fulwood is the author of two books: Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (Anchor, 1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (Gray & Company, 2004).

Fulwood earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

Latest by Sam Fulwood III

Vision Is the Secret Sauce for the Democratic Nomination Article
#BlackLivesMatter and Black Immigration Network activists shout down the first of two Democratic presidential candidates at a Netroots Nation town hall meeting, July 18, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)

Vision Is the Secret Sauce for the Democratic Nomination

In a process that sets up a false dichotomy between economic and racial justice, the candidates for the 2016 Democratic nomination must present an inclusive vision that rallies political will for constructive change.

Sam Fulwood III

Romney’s Failing Etch-a-Sketch Article
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters about the secretly taped video from one of his campaign fundraising events in Costa Mesa, California on Monday, September 17, 2012 (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Romney’s Failing Etch-a-Sketch

The Republican presidential candidate is trying to be everything to everyone, but Sam Fulwood III says being a hard-core conservative and trying to appeal to moderates isn’t working.

Sam Fulwood III

Facts Just Don’t Matter to Some People Article
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich talks to his staff during a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday, January 9, 2012. (AP/Jim Cole)

Facts Just Don’t Matter to Some People

Too many Americans simply don’t care about facts and are willing to embrace candidates or activists who brazenly embrace bald-faced lies, writes Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

Trump Counts on the Crazies Article
Donald Trump's run for president has so far consisted of appealing to birthers and making insensitive comments about African Americans. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Trump Counts on the Crazies

Stirring up racial feelings won’t get Donald Trump elected, and it’s bad for the country, writes Sam Fulwood III.

Sam Fulwood III

When It’s Racist, Say So Article
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is shown during an interview at his campaign headquarters after winning his party's primary election in Bowling Green, KY. Paul says that a 1964 Civil Rights Act provision strikes him as unconstitutional because it infringes on white business owners' rights to exclude black patrons from their establishments. (AP/Ed Reinke)

When It’s Racist, Say So

The current political efforts of extremist conservatives and Tea Party leaders to challenge basic U.S. human rights smacks of rank racism, write Sam Fulwood III and Henry Fernandez.

Sam Fulwood III, Henry Fernandez