A tribute to first Black mayor

Black History Month event will celebrate the life and legacy of Scarlett-Golden on her birthday.

Black mayor
Yvonne Scarlett-Golden

BY ANDREAS BUTLER
DAYTONA TIMES

A birthday tribute to Daytona Beach’s first Black mayor is scheduled during Black History Month. Yvonne Scarlett-Golden was the city’s first Black and first woman mayor. 

The observance is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the building that bears her name, the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center at 1000 Vine St. 

Scarlett-Golden’s birthday falls on the first day of Black History Month. She was born on Feb. 1, 1926 and passed away on Dec. 5, 2006 at age 80 while serving her second term as mayor. 

“We were looking for a program for Black History Month. We realized her birthday was the first day of the month so we thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to the former mayor who made history right here in Daytona Beach,” said LeRoy Meadows, a recreation leader for the city whose job includes organizing cultural programs at the center. 

The event is free and open to the public. It will include tributes from those who knew Scarlett-Golden, including family members, friends, politicians and businesspeople. 

There also will be performances by local youth. 

“It will be a nice event where everyone can come out, learn, enjoy and have fun,” noted Meadows.

Daytona native 

Scarlett-Golden is a Daytona native who attended Campbell Street Elementary, Kaiser Laboratory and Campbell Street Senior High. 

She received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Bethune-Cookman and a Master of Arts degree in education from Boston University. 

She was a longtime educator who taught at every school level, including college. 

Scarlett-Golden retired from the San Francisco, California school system after 25 years and returned to Daytona and embarked on a political career. 

She served four terms as the Zone 5 city commissioner and was elected mayor in 2003.

“It’s important that we celebrate Black history, including our local Black history. We have a lot of Black history that has occurred right here in Daytona Beach,’’ Meadows added.

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