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Juneteenth celebration continues in DeLand at JAMFest

Juneteenth celebration continues in DeLand at JAMFest

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The commemoration of Juneteenth continues this Saturday in DeLand with JAMFest – June Arts and Multicultural Festival. Hosted onsite by the African American Museum of Arts, the free event seeks to unify diverse cultures in the West Volusia county for a celebration of African-American history legacy from 11 a.m. to […]

West Volusia NAACP honors Starke principal

West Volusia NAACP honors Starke principal

Dwayne Coleman one of local leaders honored at banquet BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Dwayne Copeland, who has been a Volusia County Schools educator for nearly 20 years, became principal of Starke Elementary School in DeLand at the start of last year’s school year and is working hard to boost test scores and get the students […]

Juneteenth festival in Daytona an annual day for entertainment and education

Juneteenth festival in Daytona an annual day for entertainment and education

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Local residents can celebrate African-American history for free on Saturday at the 15th annual Juneteenth Family Festival at the Cypress Park and Recreation Center in Daytona Beach. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The community gathering of family and friends will present the Sankofa African-American Museum on […]

B-CU mourns death of former quarterback, football and basketball coach

B-CU mourns death of former quarterback, football and basketball coach

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Raymon Thornton, one of the top quarterbacks in Bethune-Cookman history and a member of the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class, died on June 22.  He was 87. As a student-athlete, Thornton helped lay the groundwork for the success of Wildcats football. He was named the program’s second All-American […]

Daytona to stop asking about criminal convictions

Daytona to stop asking about criminal convictions

City announces plan to ban checkbox from job applications BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach joined a growing number of cities around the country this week when it officially announced it was banning the box on applications that asks if someone has been convicted of a crime. Applicants applying for city employment can now […]

Volusia NAACP celebrate civil rights icons, community leaders at banquet

Volusia NAACP celebrate civil rights icons, community leaders at banquet

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia-Daytona Beach branch of the NAACP held its 42nd Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet on May 30 and gave recognition to two national civil rights heroes. Also acknowledged were leaders whose contributions have made a significant difference locally. This year’s theme was “The NAACP: Pursuing Liberty in the […]

Professor’s new book examines Dr. Bethune’s activism in Florida

Professor’s new book examines Dr. Bethune’s activism in Florida

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The contributions of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune will be given literary homage in a new book by Dr. Ashley Robertson, curator, assistant professor and museum director at the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Robertson’s historical chronicle is titled “Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State.” The […]

Sorority honors ‘professor, mentor, sister’

Sorority honors ‘professor, mentor, sister’

Dr. Cleo Higgins, longtime educator at Bethune-Cookman, honored at gala BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF For more than 40 years, Dr. Cleo S. Higgins was an esteemed educator in Florida, spending much of those years making a tremendous impact at Bethune-Cookman University. On May 23, the 91-year-old educator and community leader was honored for her many […]

‘Forms of Freedom’ at Golden center

‘Forms of Freedom’ at Golden center

Exhibit will be on display through Aug. 28 SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Artists and artist appreciators came together on May 22 to honor freedom and enjoy live music by Highway 40 at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural & Educational Center located at 1000 Vine Street, Daytona Beach. The exhibit “Forms of Freedom,’’ curated by […]

B-CU is named third best HBCU in country

B-CU is named third best HBCU in country

COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF College Choice, a publication that helps students select the best educational choices based on their needs, desires and future plans, has named Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) as one of its top HBCUs (historically Black college and university.) The university is ranked No. 3 on its list; the first time B-CU has […]