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New Smyrna celebrates its own Black heritage

New Smyrna celebrates its own Black heritage

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES No city or town locally celebrates Black History Month like New Smyrna Beach. The annual New Smyrna Beach Black Heritage Festival took place last weekend with plenty of activities, live music, presentations, food, fun and entertainment. The heart of the three-day festival was at Pettis Park located at the corner […]

Shaq’s mom attends renaming ceremony of B-CU wellness center

Shaq’s mom attends renaming ceremony of B-CU wellness center

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University renamed its wellness center last week, expanding its focus and partnerships in the community. The Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center is now known as the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, center director Diana Lee told the Daytona Times this week. The renaming ceremony took place Feb. 7 at […]

City approves additional $330,000 to complete Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center

City approves additional $330,000 to complete Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Construction of the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center is complete with the exception of landscaping and furnishings for the building. Daytona Beach commissioners voted unanimously last week to increase the budget allotted for the center by $330,000 from money provided by the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District […]

First Church celebrates ‘Moving from Vision to Victor’

First Church celebrates ‘Moving from Vision to Victor’

Warm, colorful moments filled the 20th anniversary of the First Church of Palm Coast, with the theme “Moving from Vision to Victory.” Best wishes appropriated the Rev. Gillard S. Glover’s 20th anniversary as founding pastor. “RNR” made the accommodations recently held in Ormond Beach at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club. “RNR” are the initials of church […]

Stetson’s Black History events to include lecture by Connecticut Supreme Court justice

Stetson’s Black History events to include lecture by Connecticut Supreme Court justice

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES As part of Stetson University’s celebration of Black History Month, the Honorable Lubbie Harper Jr., a Supreme Court justice in Connecticut, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the DeLand campus. The keynote address is titled, “Social Justice – An Ongoing Search/A Never Ending Challenge.” The public […]

BRIEFS

BRIEFS

Job training opportunities available for seniors The Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is accepting applications. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Volusia County, and have incomes of $13,964 per year or less for a family of one ($18,913 for family of two). “In this difficult economy, many […]

Can today’s Black leaders measure up to Medgar Evers?

Can today’s Black leaders measure up to Medgar Evers?

When Myrlie Evers-Williams gave the invocation at President Obama’s January inauguration, she was in part recognizing the vision and courage of her late great husband, Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers, assassinated by a gun 50 years ago. Medgar was a huge inspiration for me. As a 22 year old, first year law student at […]

Connect with CARES to save our children

Connect with CARES to save our children

Six years after I first heard them, the statistics still haunt me: 86 percent of Black children in the fourth grade read and do math below their grade level. Black girls between the ages of 15 and 24 represent the greatest number of new HIV infections. Homicide is the leading cause of death for our […]

VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW

VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW

Girls basketball playoffs recap: Atlantic, Lopez and DeLand advance COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Ronni Williams scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots to lead Atlantic past Cocoa 59-39 in the Regional quarterfinals on Feb. 7. Destiny Woodard added 21 points for the Sharks. Father Lopez handled Gainesville Oak Hill 65-22 […]

B-CU ROUNDUP

B-CU ROUNDUP

Wildcats ready for baseball BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University has the top baseball team among historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). B-CU also has been on the national stage. Last season, the Wildcats were 34-27 overall and 18-5 in the MEAC while winning their seventh straight MEAC […]