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‘Kids got in my heart’

‘Kids got in my heart’

Fred Morrell retiring from city but will keep on coaching BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Fred Morrell has been coaching others ever since he was a teenager. Thirty-five years ago, he came upon a job that would allow him to be paid for what he enjoyed doing the most – working with and coaching children. […]

Deltas host ‘Men All Pause’ fashion show

Deltas host ‘Men All Pause’ fashion show

More than 140 women were among the attendees of “The Men All Pause” male fashion show and luncheon on Dec. 8 at the LPGA Banquet Room sponsored by the Daytona Beach Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The attendees had their choice of chicken, salmon or vegetable lasagna. The models included Orkeys Auriene, Edward Daniels, Dr. […]

Transit Retirees working on holiday dance, MLK service

Transit Retirees working on holiday dance, MLK service

Anticipated holiday events have been a Christmas party and a holiday scholarship dinner dance. The evening events have been sponsored by the New York City Transit Retirees of Palm Coast and the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO), respectively. The dinner dance gives us a lot to do. It’s detailed at the bottom of the Palm […]

City to allow vendors on ISB in Midtown during Bike Week

City to allow vendors on ISB in Midtown during Bike Week

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Businesses on International Speedway Boulevard (ISB) from Keech Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard can now have vendors on their properties during Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Commissioners approved an amendment to the master plan guidelines for Bike Week and Biketoberfest to allow outside itinerant vending on West International Speedway […]

Light Up Midtown ends with gospel extravaganza

Light Up Midtown ends with gospel extravaganza

The “Christmas in Songs’’ event, a gospel extravaganza, will culminate a month of special Light Up Midtown activities. The free gospel event is Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third St., Daytona Beach. The event will include local choirs and other talents geared toward the holiday spirit. Month […]

Black leadership or pleadership?

Black leadership or pleadership?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” This famous quote from Frederick Douglass brings to mind the predicament of Black folks in this country relative to those upon whom we depend to put forth our demands for political reciprocity. Are they really leading (demanding), or are they simply pleading? […]

Black to the future

Black to the future

I was recently in South Africa for a conference. While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian but a South African, was very friendly. We started up a conversation during which he asked […]

Our children deserve better

Our children deserve better

Every generation believes their children deserve to be better off than they were. Brown v. Board of Education built a launching pad for education in the 21st century by removing barriers to equality and opening doors to opportunity. African-Americans gained the confidence that their children, and generations of children to come, would indeed have access […]

The real ‘first Black president’

The real ‘first Black president’

“Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president … and more than a single individual.” – Barack Obama Barack Obama became America’s first Black president in 2009. Nelson Rohihlahia Mandela preceded Obama to the top of his government, […]

Local Black infant deaths down; still worse than Whites

Local Black infant deaths down; still worse than Whites

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Fetal and infant deaths are on the decline locally and nationally but significant racial disparities associated with these losses still exist in this area, according to information released recently by the Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties. Volusia and Flagler counties combined had 207 infant deaths from 2007 […]