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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 […]

DeLand family leads quest for justice, peace

DeLand family leads quest for justice, peace

Remembrance for Marlon Brown draws families who have lost sons from around state, nation BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The family of Marlon Brown along with the Families United 4 Justice organization came together earlier this month to remember the man slain two years ago by a DeLand police officer. Families from Florida, Georgia, California and […]

AME men’s mission: Save Our Sons

AME men’s mission: Save Our Sons

Hundreds of churchgoing brothers and their families march for justice in Midtown BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF For several days last week, hundreds of men from Florida and the Bahamas gathered at Allen Chapel AME Church in Daytona Beach for the 14th annual Sons of Allen Retreat. The retreat included worship services, Bible studies and a […]

Freedom Rider to speak at NAACP banquet

Freedom Rider to speak at NAACP banquet

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF The theme for the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP’s 42nd Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet is “The NAACP:  Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.’ The local branch’s chosen speaker for the May 30 banquet – Henry “Hank’’ Thomas – is all too familiar with that quest to pursue liberty in […]

Take Stock in Children honors  grads, welcomes new participants

Take Stock in Children honors grads, welcomes new participants

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship and mentoring program facilitated locally through FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, held its annual New Student Induction and Senior Recognition Ceremony on May 14 at the Daytona International Speedway. Newly selected participants as well as graduating high school seniors were recognized at […]