MACo congratulates Board member and Charles County Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. on the publication of his second book, On Resistance: And the Expansion of We the People’s Civil Rights in America, earlier this year. Through a series of essays authored by Collins, this book offers a different perspective on American patriotism and how it’s viewed in society.
“In the American society, we think of patriotism as selfless acts of valor on the battlefield, but I believe true patriotism is much broader than that. In this book, I offer a new definition of patriotism that highlights the voice of opposition and activism,” said Collins.
Written with lawyers, public policy officials, historians and those that embrace an expanded view of the origins of the United States ethos in mind, On Resistance presents a different angle of American democracy — one that credits opposition within the nation’s history as the primary source of developing democracy. Readers of this book will see the “radical democratic tradition” became the catalyst for shifting the country beyond the preservation of fundamental “property rights” to upholding the basic civil rights of the nation’s citizens.
“This conglomeration of essays takes a very unique position on the definition of patriotism, using the Black Panther Party for Self Defense as the highlighted group model. The book also discusses potential amendments to the United States Constitution,” Collins commented. “This book matters to those who are committed to the development of a truly democratic American society.”
Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq., earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, advancing to earn his Jurisprudence Doctorate (J.D.) from the District of Columbia School of Law. He has practiced law for over 20 years at R.B. Collins Law, LLC, practicing corporate and small business transactions. His public service career started over 30 years ago, including two terms as Charles County Commissioner for District 3 and Charles County Vice-President during his second term in office. This third term in office is historically significant, as he became the first African American elected as Commissioner President for Charles County. He is a lifelong resident of Charles County, Maryland.
Commissioner Collins will also be featured as a speaker at the Summer MACo conference in Ocean City. “The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace: The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace,” session will take place on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
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