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Campbell honors students, late principal at graduation

Campbell honors students, late principal at graduation

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES In the midst of all the adversity facing Campbell Middle School, there was reason for celebration on Wednesday morning. The school that is in the heart of Daytona Beach’s Black community held its Earl C. McCrary II Eighth Grade End-of-the-Year Celebration in the gymnasium that also bears McCrary’s name. Campbell […]

‘Phenomenal Princess’ program helps girls with self-esteem, life skills

‘Phenomenal Princess’ program helps girls with self-esteem, life skills

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES For the past four years, LaKesha Green has been driving from Daytona Beach to Palatka twice a week to help girls in that area focus on self-esteem. Now she’s offering her free “Phenomenal Princess’’ program in Daytona. The first Daytona meeting was held earlier this month at New Hope Missionary […]

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 […]

Bethune Park to receive historic recognition

Bethune Park to receive historic recognition

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Council will place two historical markers at Mary McLeod Bethune Park in New Smyrna Beach during a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 19. The park is located 6655 South Atlantic Ave. The County Council will unveil two historical panels that tell the story of Bethune […]

Mom uses art to educate and inspire

Mom uses art to educate and inspire

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Shyriaka “Shy’’ Morris is an artist, entrepreneur and community activist. The 41-year-old divorced mother of four has a degree in early childhood education and has made a living selling paintings and sculptures and teaching art. “I’ve seen many single women in my family and others outside my family succeed. I […]

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 […]

Putting the pressure on B-CU

Putting the pressure on B-CU

Choice of DeVos as graduation speaker riles up residents, students, alum BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Their message was loud and clear: “Say hell no to DeVos!’’ Led by the Volusia County/Daytona Beach NAACP, local residents and community leaders as well as some Bethune-Cookman University alumni and students marched in front of the campus on […]

‘They welcome everyone’

‘They welcome everyone’

Local Muslims provide entertainment, education at annual community event BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The local Muslim community got together with the Greater Daytona community last Saturday for a day of fun and dialogue. The Muslim Women’s Association (WMA) of Daytona Beach held its annual Community Outreach Program on April 29 at the Islamic Center […]

Oklahoma businessman to address NAACP banquet next month

Oklahoma businessman to address NAACP banquet next month

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Clifton Taulbert, an author, entrepreneur and business consultant, will be the speaker at the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP’s 44th Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet. It will be held Saturday, June 10, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. The  banquet is the local NAACP’s premier […]

Homeless sound off on location of shelter

Homeless sound off on location of shelter

Volusia moves forward with providing funds, but there are complaints about how those who need it will get there. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Council voted last week to have County Attorney Dan Eckert draw up a contract to help fund the construction and operation costs for a proposed homeless shelter in […]