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Obama targeting Hispanics, but not Blacks

Obama targeting Hispanics, but not Blacks

I have been extremely critical of President Obama for using the Black community as his personal political pawn. I have been just as critical of the Black community’s acceptance of that treatment. There are so many other issues I would like to write about — Africa, economics, international trade, etc. – but I feel compelled […]

What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

Tuesday, Feb. 26 marked one year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a gun wielded by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after he saw Trayvon walking home from a 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles and bottle of Arizona iced tea. Black children, youths, and families know first-hand that the killing of Black children […]

Edward Robinson: An unknown giant

Edward Robinson: An unknown giant

My offering to Black History Month is dedicated to a man whom I knew and by whom I had the pleasure of seeing history being made right before my eyes. His words rang out in prose and song on the initial occasion of our meeting in Philadelphia in 1999. On many occasions thereafter, I was […]

B-CU ROUNDUP

B-CU ROUNDUP

Wildcats whip Savannah State in home finale BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The men’s basketball team at Bethune-Cookman ended a 3-0 home stand by beating South Carolina State and Savannah State. “It’s all about momentum. We want to gain it heading into the conference tournament. Usually the team hot going in wins it,” said Gravelle […]

VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW

VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW

Folsom and Brown help Lopez win state title BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Father Lopez won the Class 3A state championship with a 44-40 victory over Miami Country Day at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland on Feb. 21. “We worked hard all year and we had a tough schedule. We played three state champions […]

‘Is this good for schools?’

‘Is this good for schools?’

NAACP president poses question after Volusia County School Board votes to outsource custodial jobs BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The local NAACP president is worried that a decision by the Volusia County School Board last week to outsource all custodial jobs will impact African-Americans and other minorities in greater numbers. “I believe that outsourcing in […]

BLACK HISTORY in Daytona Beach

BLACK HISTORY in Daytona Beach

Historian Derek Hankerson traces roots from Daytona to West Africa BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Derek Hankerson was not born in Daytona Beach and doesn’t live here, but his ancestors have roots in the beachside city. Hankerson considers himself a historian. He recently talked with the Daytona Times about his connection to Daytona Beach and […]

Meetings to focus on Orange Avenue, Midtown Master Plan

Meetings to focus on Orange Avenue, Midtown Master Plan

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Two meetings will be taking place at the John H. Dickerson Center in Daytona Beach next week in which the public is urged to attend if they want to have a say in the overhaul of Orange Avenue and the implementation of the Midtown Master Plan. The first meeting, on […]

B-CU alum named the city manager of Winter Haven

B-CU alum named the city manager of Winter Haven

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Deric C. Feacher, a 2000 graduate of Bethune-Cookman and former employee of the university, has been named city manager of Winter Haven. The 36-year-old Winter Haven native became the first minority to assume the position. Winter Haven commissioners unanimously appointed Feacher on Sept. 10, 2012, when Dale Smith announced his […]

Flagler youth give preview of ACT-SO performances

Flagler youth give preview of ACT-SO performances

Taking on talent, students showcased a preview of what they will perform for the 35th Annual ACT-SO Awards Ceremony. They represented five categories – Science, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Business – which will be presented nationally in Orlando July 5 for ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics). ACT-SO is the NAACP’s principal youth […]