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Locals to line up for ‘Justice for Trayvon’

Locals to line up for ‘Justice for Trayvon’

NAACP, Black clergy to participate Saturday in Daytona vigil BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP and area pastors are asking Volusia County residents to join them on Saturday at the Fifth District Court of Appeal building for a vigil calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. The Rev. Dr. L. Ronald Durham, […]

Daytonans represent at NAACP national convention in Orlando

Daytonans represent at NAACP national convention in Orlando

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Members of the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP were among more than 3,000 participants at the national organization’s 104th annual convention in Orlando from July 13-17. This year’s convention theme “We Shall Not Be Moved’’ focused on the modern-day attempts to roll back the progress of the civil rights era and […]

Former NYPD sketch artist’s paintings to grace walls of Scarlett-Golden center

Former NYPD sketch artist’s paintings to grace walls of Scarlett-Golden center

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES The artwork of Weldon Ryan will be on display starting July 26 at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach. An opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Ryan’s artwork will replace Anthony Armstrong, who was the first artist to have his work on display […]

Bus fare likely will increase next year

Bus fare likely will increase next year

BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES Volusia County Councilman Josh Wagner, who represents the majority of Daytona Beach, said he voted last week to start the process of increasing the cost to ride the Votran by 50 cents because he wanted to give Votran the opportunity to conduct meetings to hear from the public. Volusia County […]

Senior network urges caregivers to try for free cruise

Senior network urges caregivers to try for free cruise

  Family caregivers understand all too well the stress of caring for an aging loved one. What better way to relieve that stress than a getaway? That’s why Florida residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers – including themselves – for the opportunity to win a free, four-night, five-day cruise. Home Instead, Inc., franchisor […]

Volusia health director named Great Communicator by local public relations professionals

Volusia health director named Great Communicator by local public relations professionals

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES DAYTONA BEACH  –  Bonnie J. Sorensen, MD, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, was named 2013 Great Communicator by the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). Sorensen will be honored Aug. 13 at the 14th annual “Gems in Communications” Great Communicator Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. […]

We’ve been marching in place since March on Washington

We’ve been marching in place since March on Washington

As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase, “I have a dream!” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous March on Washington. Aug. 28, 1963 was the day that a quarter million people descended […]

Let us refuse to be silent

Let us refuse to be silent

The reaction to the not guilty verdict from George Zimmerman’s jury was swift and strong. Young people poured onto the streets in peaceful protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. By 3 a.m. more than 100,000 people signed an online petition urging the Justice Department to pursue civil rights violation charges […]

It is past time to confront the Obama administration

It is past time to confront the Obama administration

Alright, team, enough is enough. During the entire first term of the Obama administration, Black America — for the most part — gave the administration a pass. Many of us felt that the first Black president of the United States should have a little breathing room. While we gave him breathing room, the political Right, […]

Criminal injustice system failed Trayvon

Criminal injustice system failed Trayvon

Watching television Saturday night, I sat in stunned silence as the jury returned its not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL. Then, I was jolted by a comment made by Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda: “… We live in a great country that […]