14 churches are ready to march to the polls



Dr. L. Ronald Durham said plans are full steam ahead for a combined churches’  “Souls to the Polls” march scheduled Sunday, Oct. 28.

A planning meeting took place at Greater Friendship Baptist Church on Oct. 11.
Durham said local pastors or their representatives attended the meeting along with staff members from Organizing for America, local NAACP President Cynthia Slater as well Ann McFall, Volusia County’s Supervisor of Elections.

“We agreed to gather on the steps of the Volusia County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. next to Jackie Robinson Ballpark. There will be a brief 10-15 minute opening program to include “Why We Are Here,” Durham said this week.

“After the program we will march from the courthouse to the City Island library to vote,” Durham added.

Marching churches
Churches participating thus far are Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Tubman-King Community Church, Allen Chapel AME Church, New Life Ministries, Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, Hope Fellowship Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Divine Deliverance Church, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, St. Timothy’s Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and New St. James Baptist Church.

Durham said older seniors or handicapped persons should be dropped off directly at the library at 1:30 p.m. Churches and individuals should use the courthouse parking lot if marching, and reserve library parking for the elderly and handicapped.

Students to follow
Bethune-Cookman University students will be following the example of area church leaders and are planning a march to the polls on Oct. 29.

The details of the march weren’t available by the Daytona Times’ press time.

Davita Bonner, director of Career Services at B-CU works closely with the students and confirmed there was a meeting this week to discuss the march. She would only say that it is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 29.

During a campus event on Sept. 15 featuring actress Keke Palmer, Obama for America volunteers were on hand and said their goal was to register 2,000 B-CU students to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

At the event, an Obama for America spokesman said 750 students had been registered.

There were 1,300 new freshman enrolled at the school this fall with the majority of them staying on campus. That qualified them to be eligible to use their campus addresses as their permanent addresses to register to vote and vote as Daytona Beach residents if they choose to do so.

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