BY JEROLINE McCARTHY
The Flagler County NAACP has launched a voter registration drive in sync with the NAACP’s Washington Bureau in its efforts to register 300,000 new voters across the nation.
“Within the past year, many states have enacted measures, which will have the result of restricting access to the voting booth,” noted a statement by the bureau. “These new laws are in stark opposition to the NAACP’s mission and mandate, which have been to strengthen our nation’s democracy and the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans by maximizing voter participation and protecting voters’ rights.”
Under branch president Linda Sharpe Haywood, the kick off began at the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsored by the New York City Transit Retirees of Florida.
Door-to-door campaign planned
First Vice President Barbara Goss mentioned that several branch officers and executive committee members have received Third Party Voter registration training in addition to training other voter registrars.
The branch moved forward to register at various churches, and are scheduled to return on Feb. 5 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Bunnell and the First Church of Palm Coast. The campaign will go door-to-door, hitting the streets, beginning around Feb. 26.
If you’re unregistered, you must register in order to vote. You must register if you’ve changed your name, moved and/or plan to change your party affiliation.
Sword calls voting ‘valuable asset’
Moreover, voting was the recent centerpiece of the branch’s Awards Luncheon at the Palm Coast Yacht Club.
Attorney Raven Sword, of Livingston, Wolverton & Sword, the guest speaker, made an analogy of the parable of the talents (Matthews 25:14-30).
Sword said, “The ‘talent’ of voting is a valuable asset. Our forefathers worked hard to give us that opportunity. When we choose not to vote, we’re no better than the third servant,” the one who hid the talent in the ground. “If you don’t vote, you can’t be upset if city and county services are not being met. It is imperative to vote.”
‘The Olympics of the Mind’
An ACT-SO luncheon, sponsored earlier this month by the Flagler County NAACP, was a tremendous success.
Parents, community partners, mentors and coaches came out to support talented teens involved in what has been referred to as “The Olympics of the Mind.”
The teens are currently training to participate in the local, state and national ACT-SO competition that will begin in April of this year.
The program, coordinated by advisor Stephanie Ecklin and narrated by Melba McCarty, was presented at the Palm Coast Community Center. It highlighted the various categories of competition that the young people are participating in.
The audience was treated to performances that included classical piano, vocal music, poetry, dance, a presentation of art and design and another that combined science and technology. The program ended with all participants honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by reciting his “I Have a Dream” speech.
ACT-SO rolling out Flaglernopoly
The ACT-SO program provides many students the opportunity to participate. In fact, an inspiring visual artist, Erica Maron of Flagler Palm Coast High School, beat out dozens of students in Ed Beckett’s class and was named the winner of the ACT-SO Visual Arts Logo Designing Contest.
“I would like to thank those who came out to help support our ACT-SO scholars, especially Katrina Townsend, Chenita Johnson, John Fischer, Victor Krause, Pastor Herbert Thompson, the ACT-SO students, their parents and, of course, the ACT-SO executive committee and coaches for making this day possible,” said Ecklin. “It truly does take the efforts of the community, family and local businesses to help empower our children with the knowledge they need to accomplish tremendous things.”
ACT-SO’s plan this year is to kick off the town’s very own monopoly board, which is called “Flaglernopoly,” using local businesses and organizations as the property owners.
By participating in this project, not only will local youth be supported, but unlike newspapers, TV, radio or other media, the advertising is permanent and is targeted to the local family in the Flagler County community. The average ad cost is $200 to $300 and will reach 500 households at a cost of roughly 40 to 60 cents per home.
For more information about purchasing a property on the game board, contact Stephanie Ecklin at 386-675-3774 or Noemi Garcia at 386-338-7794. You may also visit the website at www.flaglercntynaacp.org.
AACS to host jazz breakfast
Rob’s Jazz Express will highlight a jazz breakfast sponsored by the Omni Committee of the African-American Cultural Society (AACS).
Committee chairman Jay Foxe announced that the artists will be presented Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to noon. The combo of a breakfast and jazz takes place at the AACS Center at 4422 North U.S. 1 in Palm Coast. The ticket price is $12.
For tickets, call the African-American Cultural Society at 386)-447-7030.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.