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Learning to ascend to greatness

Learning to ascend to greatness

Roland Martin, others share key to success with B-CU brothers BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University continues to invest in the lives of young men of color as the nation grapples with an incensed conversation on race, policing and the justice system across America. Nearly two weeks following the death of Freddie Gray, […]

Precious memories: Daughters share stories about their moms

Precious memories: Daughters share stories about their moms

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Women shed tears, shared laughter and recalled stories of old during an event remembering their mothers on Saturday. “Out of everyone who loves you, I love you the most,” singer Shaunta Williams belted out at the “Missing Our Mothers, Daughters Remember” program sponsored by VITAS Healthcare. “The event joins […]

B-CU will graduate 325 on May 13

B-CU will graduate 325 on May 13

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Bethune-Cookman University is preparing to graduate 325 students at its 2015 Spring Commencement at noon on Wednesday, May 13 at The Ocean Center. The keynote speaker is the Rev. John W. Harrington, chairman of B-CU’s board of trustees and one of three honorary degree recipients. The other recipients are […]

Black elected officials team up

Black elected officials team up

New group will mentor locals interested in running for office BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Minority elected officials in Volusia County have teamed up over the past few months to organize a powerful group. The eight charter members of the Minority Elected Officials of Volusia County are Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, DeLand Commissioner […]

‘Let all your life be music’

‘Let all your life be music’

Chorale festival features voices from HBCUs BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES In partnership with the Southeastern African American Chorale (SEAAC) Festival and the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival, the Community Performance Series at Bethune-Cookman University presented its last performance of the season on Sunday at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center […]

SWAT billboards make call to action

SWAT billboards make call to action

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Billboards soliciting support for SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) initiatives are posted all over Volusia County. Signs reading, “The tobacco industry targets youth with flavored tobacco, don’t let them trap our kids,” are part of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County’s tobacco prevention program. “The signs have […]

Thomas retires after 38 years with the city

Thomas retires after 38 years with the city

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES After nearly four decades of service to the City of Daytona Beach, Jennifer Thomas will not be prepping for her day at City Hall come Monday morning. This is the last week for the retiring city clerk who has worked for Daytona Beach for 38 years. “I’ve been really […]

Police chief pledges free academy for qualified Blacks

Police chief pledges free academy for qualified Blacks

Chitwood announces offer at community meeting with residents, officers BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood says his department will pay the full tuition of any Black person who would like to go through the police academy at Daytona State College with the plans of joining the local force upon […]

‘We are loving people’

‘We are loving people’

Muslims inviting residents to Saturday get-together The Muslim Women’s Association of Daytona Beach is again inviting local residents to a community program to get acquainted with the area’s Muslim community and gain a better understanding of the Islamic religion. Linda McGhee, spokesperson for the association, says everyone is invited to the free event on Saturday, April 25. […]

Church reaching potential members with burgers and ‘Daily Bread’

Church reaching potential members with burgers and ‘Daily Bread’

FROM STAFF REPORTS Living Faith World Ministries’ volunteers held a lunch station on the corner of 8th Street and Derbyshire Road on April 18. Minister Larry Cunningham says the annual event was an effort to reach out to those in the community to fill a need and/or invite them to attend service at the church. […]