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Diversity pioneer Dr. Valarie King dies at 70

Diversity pioneer Dr. Valarie King dies at 70

WINTER SPRINGS – Former Daytona Beach resident Dr. Valarie Greene King, a pioneer in educational and workplace diversity that has become standard operating procedure in top-performing schools and businesses, died Feb. 26 after a decade-long battle against breast cancer. She was 70. Born in Hawthorne, Fla., to James R. Greene and Mildred Barlow Green, her […]

Henry hosts open house

Henry hosts open house

State Rep. Patrick Henry held an open house at his South Palmetto Avenue office in Daytona Beach on March 3. Attending the event were constituents, family members and friends. Henry, a former Daytona Beach city commissioner, was elected last year to the Florida House of Representatives District 26. He is on the following state committees: […]

How to research your roots at a Volusia County library

How to research your roots at a Volusia County library

Discover your heritage at the Volusia County Public Library system, which will offer six introductory genealogy programs in March. Genealogy librarians Kim Dolce and Richard Burrow will discuss the tools and techniques for genealogy research during these free programs at the county’s six regional library branches: •2 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Ormond Beach Regional Library, […]

Baldwin film sparks local dialogue

Baldwin film sparks local dialogue

The Cinematique Theater in Daytona Beach is showing the Academy Award-nominated film “I Am Not Your Negro,’’ about the renowned author James Baldwin, through March 16. On March 5, there were two screenings of the documentary. The screenings were followed by a community discussion led by professors from Bethune-Cookman University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Students […]

HBCU leaders get face time with Trump

HBCU leaders get face time with Trump

B-CU’s Jackson was among the presidents who met Monday with Trump, who pledged support to the Black institutions. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Dr. Edison Jackson, Bethune-Cookman University’s president, was among the leaders of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) who met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. Shortly after the […]

A Black History Month lesson from a local

A Black History Month lesson from a local

James Daniels shares his story about growing up in the Jim Crow South during a New Smyrna presentation. FROM STAFF REPORTS Volusia County resident James Daniels was the honored guest of the New Smyrna Beach Rotary on the last day of Black History Month. Daniels published his memoir last year titled “Metamorphis: From Cotton Picker to […]

Big issues to watch during legislative session

Big issues to watch during legislative session

BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSE – Florida lawmakers are poised to return to Tallahassee for the March 7 start of the 2017 legislative session. They will grapple with hundreds of bills during the 60-day session, while also trying to reach agreement on a state budget that will top $80 billion. Here […]

March 26 seminar in Daytona to focus on free speech

March 26 seminar in Daytona to focus on free speech

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Authors, journalists, editors and publishers will offer a seminar titled “Speak Freely, Write Boldly,” on Sunday, March 26, from 1 to 4:45 p.m. in the auditorium of the City Island Library in Daytona Beach. There will be 10 featured speakers and panelists, question-and-answer sessions, and an open mic to support […]

Allen Chapel AME Church to celebrate 107 years

Allen Chapel AME Church to celebrate 107 years

The Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church will celebrate its 107th anniversary at the 9:45 a.m. service on Sunday, March 12. The theme is “On Christ the Solid Rock We Stand…. 107 Years Down and a Lifetime to go!”  The church is located at 580 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. The guest preacher will be the […]

MERGE brings together youth for evening of praise and worship

MERGE brings together youth for evening of praise and worship

The Rev. Dr. David Blow vividly reflected on a rousing event called MERGE that took place in Flagler County on Feb. 3. The gymnasium of Matanzas High School in Palm Coast was transformed to a sanctuary for the first MERGE event. The event was inspired by a praise and worship commercial heard on the “Tom […]