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B-CU drama: The local winners, losers

B-CU drama: The local winners, losers

BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF In random order, here’s who’s up and who’s down in Daytona Beach in the wake of Bethune-Cookman University’s commencement controversy last week. WINNERS •Reverends Patrick Harden (New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church), Evan Smith (Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church) and Jeffrey Dove (Allen Chapel AME, New Smyrna Beach): These ministers were […]

DEFIANT GRADS TAKE A STAND

DEFIANT GRADS TAKE A STAND

Boos, jeers greet commencement speaker DeVos BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Lexis Melo was one of about 300 students who graduated from Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday afternoon. Prior to the commencement ceremony, she summed up the thoughts of many of her fellow graduates. Just before entering the Ocean Center for B-CU’s noon commencement ceremony, Melo […]

Florida NAACP calls for B-CU president, board chair to resign

Florida NAACP calls for B-CU president, board chair to resign

FROM STAFF REPORTS The NAACP Florida State Conference is calling on Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) President Dr. Edison Jackson and Board Chairman Dr. Joe Petrock to resign effective immediately. The NAACP, alumni, students as well as Daytona Beach residents have expressed outrage over the university’s decision to have U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as its […]

An open letter to the students, friends and supporters of Bethune-Cookman University

An open letter to the students, friends and supporters of Bethune-Cookman University

My alma mater Bethune-Cookman, a historically black university in Florida, has invited U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to deliver the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree. But the policies DeVos pushes would have terrible consequences for future generations of Bethune-Cookman students — and for Historically Black Colleges and Universities themselves. Bethune-Cookman historically serves students […]

Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s Conference set for March 27-28

Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s Conference set for March 27-28

The eighth annual Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s Conference is slated for March 27 and 28 on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. The theme this year is “Her Legacy…Our Calling,” said Dr. Claudette McFadden, chairperson for the 2017 conference. The conference will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27 with a free showing of the […]

Black History Month observances shaping up

Black History Month observances shaping up

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The start of Black History Month is less than a week away and programs to educate area residents on the achievements and sacrifices of African-Americans will be plentiful. Black History Month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976, it […]

B-CU graduation set for Saturday

B-CU graduation set for Saturday

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will graduate more than 200 students and bestow doctorate degrees upon three key influencers at Saturday’s fall commencement ceremony. The university will honor Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, local businessman Bert Reames and automotive connoisseur Thomas A. Moorehead for their business accomplishments and commitments to service. The fall commencement ceremony is […]

Ministers help facilitate B-CU’s ‘Exploring Gifts and Graces’ youth program

Ministers help facilitate B-CU’s ‘Exploring Gifts and Graces’ youth program

Forty-two “Exploring Gifts and Graces (EGG)” program students visited the Life Enrichment Center, a United Methodist retreat camp in Fruitland Park, last month. Students, completing Phase 2 of “On Eagles Wings,” shaping 33 juniors and seniors from around the state, visited with nine Bethune-Cookman University mentors from the Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion, headed […]

Wildcats whip Rattlers for sixth year in a row

Wildcats whip Rattlers for sixth year in a row

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman defeated Florida A&M 39-19 in front of an announced crowd of 45,327 fans at Camping World Stadium in Orlando to win the Florida Blue Florida Classic. It is the sixth straight win for the Wildcats, making it their longest in the rivalry and series. The games have historically been […]

Marching Wildcats among the bands selected for Atlanta showcase

Marching Wildcats among the bands selected for Atlanta showcase

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Students, alumni and fans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) rocked the vote for an epic lineup of bands to perform in the 15th Anniversary Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on Jan. 28 at the Georgia Dome. The 2017 lineup features bands that have historically performed […]

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