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Documentary takes a close look at life in Midway

Documentary takes a close look at life in Midway

DAYTONA TIMES STAFF A documentary is in the works that explores Daytona Beach’s African-American community. The film will include a community forum that took place on Dec. 12 featuring longtime Daytona Beach educators, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and a local historian. The project is the brainchild of longtime Daytona Beach resident Percy Williamson, who is presenting […]

B-CU graduates 246 students; honors civil rights martyrs

B-CU graduates 246 students; honors civil rights martyrs

DAYTONA TIMES STAFF History was made by Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) on Dec. 12 when 246 students were bestowed 246 degrees during the fall commencement.  It was the university’s largest ever fall graduating class. The graduation was made even more special with the bestowing of four honorary doctorate degrees, which included posthumous honors for civil rights […]

Honorary degrees for civil rights martyrs

Honorary degrees for civil rights martyrs

B-CU to honor Harriette and Harry T. Moore at graduation BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF When Harry T. Moore was killed in 1951, he had been fighting for racial equality since at least 1934, the year he started an NAACP chapter in Brevard County. As Florida’s state field secretary for the NAACP, he fought for equal […]

A holiday treat: College visit

A holiday treat: College visit

Daytona State hosts hundreds of local students for dinner concert and tour COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Hundreds of students in the Food Brings Hope program were treated to dinner, a concert and a tour by Daytona State College on Dec. 4. This was the college’s sixth year in a row hosting students in the […]

School board blasted for teacher dispute, approving uniforms

School board blasted for teacher dispute, approving uniforms

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Students, parents and educators expressed their disappointment with the Volusia County School Board on Tuesday over a teachers union dispute as well as the board’s approval of school uniforms. On Tuesday, local teachers and parents marched from the Volusia County administration building to the district headquarters, urging board members to agree […]

Allen Chapel to honor centenarian at Sunday service

Allen Chapel to honor centenarian at Sunday service

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Every Monday, Samuel James “Coach Rip’’ Collins can be found playing tennis at Derbyshire Park. The former football and baseball coach takes no medication and leads an active life, which includes noonday Bible studies at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, where he is a member. On Sunday, Dec. 13, Mr. Collins celebrates […]

Residents not impressed with city’s hiring report

Residents not impressed with city’s hiring report

Black Daytonans say city must improve employment practices BY THE DAYTONA TIMES STAFF While the City of Daytona Beach’s Black population is 35.4 percent, 18.7 percent of the municipality’s workforce is Black. The city’s total minority workforce stands at 25 percent. Those were some of the numbers cited at Wednesday night’s City Commission meeting by […]

A treat for fans of classic cars

A treat for fans of classic cars

Thousands of vintage cars on display during annual Daytona Turkey Run The 42nd Annual Daytona Turkey Run was held Nov. 26-29 in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. The classic car show and swap meet attracted more than 150,000 spectators. The smaller spring event is scheduled for March 25-27. According to its website, the […]

Gordon Parks’ Black Daytona photo exhibit still at center

Gordon Parks’ Black Daytona photo exhibit still at center

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF If you haven’t done so, there’s still plenty of time to catch a local exhibit showcasing Black Daytona Beach 70 years ago. The display at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural & Educational Center features the works of renowned photographer Gordon Parks. Titled “Midway: A Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood, 1943,’’ […]

‘Miss Katie’  Williamson dies

‘Miss Katie’ Williamson dies

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Katie Ruth Williamson, the matriarch of one of the city’s well-known Black families, died on Nov. 24 in Daytona Beach. She was 87. Born on April 2, 1928 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, she was one of seven children of the late Benjamin and Zelena Putney Williams. On June 5, […]