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Freedom Summer – 50 years later

Freedom Summer – 50 years later

The 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is being commemorated this week in Mississippi and it provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on the transformation of not only Mississippi, then the deadliest state in the nation, but the entire region. As I have written in the space before, there was a popular joke about Mississippi making […]

Blacks need more racists

Blacks need more racists

A few weeks ago, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) made a stunning announcement that caused a lot of consternation in the Black community. UNCF had accepted a $25 million contribution from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation. Under normal circumstances, David and Charles Koch – the brothers who control the two entities – […]

Female genital mutilation:  A horror of dominance

Female genital mutilation: A horror of dominance

When a girl prepares for marriage in the United States and the western world, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown.  I recently learned from Angela Peabody, author of “When the Games Froze,” that in parts of Africa, the preparation for marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns.  For too […]

The face of economic recovery

The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the US economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth and say that it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary […]

Juneteenth celebration lives on

Juneteenth celebration lives on

Thousands attend Daytona Beach festival; hundreds support banquet BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES About 6,000 people joined the Juneteenth festival at the Cypress Street Park on George Engram Boulevard on June 21 while hundreds more met the night before for an annual banquet that recognizes local hometown heroes. Both events, sponsored by a local […]

Daytona moves forward on charter

Daytona moves forward on charter

Report makes recommendations on how city operates over next 10 years BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Former Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, chairman of the city’s Charter Review Commission (CRC), handed in recommendations for review on Wednesday night, right on schedule. The CRC determined what changes, if any, should be made to the city […]

Lest we forget: Civil Rights Act the focus of NAACP banquet

Lest we forget: Civil Rights Act the focus of NAACP banquet

The Volusia County Daytona Beach 41st Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet was held June 14 at the Hilton Beach Oceanfront Resort. Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the National Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights Under Law was the guest speaker. The theme this year was “The NAACP and the Passage of the 1964 […]

City hires teens for summer recreation program

City hires teens for summer recreation program

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Thirty local teens will be working full time this summer thanks to a student work program offered by the City of Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry recently announced that 30 youth, ages, 15-18, were accepted into the eight-week program. “As an educator, I am happy to announce […]

Traditional parental roles changing; impacts African-American families

Traditional parental roles changing; impacts African-American families

BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE A cache of new research from the Pew Center paints a picture of the modern American family — a picture in which the historically rigid roles and responsibilities of moms and dads are meeting in the middle. But that picture has always been a bit different for Black moms […]

National HIV Testing Day to be recognized June 27

National HIV Testing Day to be recognized June 27

FROM STAFF REPORTS An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and almost one in five don’t know they are infected. Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer — and with a better quality of life — than ever before. Getting tested is the first step […]