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A ROUGH COUPLE OF DAYS Police say rap music and drugs led to violence that rocked city for days. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES
A recent string of shootings has the city on edge. Police responded to six shootings in a two-day span, including five on Tuesday alone. These incidents resulted in one death, four arrests, three people shot, and another on the run. During a press conference at police headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach police respond to shootings on Tuesday at Weaver Street and Mary McLeod Bethune.
Police Chief Craig Capri addressed the media about the shootings. “These incidents are all related. It’s basically a disturbance between two rival groups who are fighting over – believe it or not – rap music and drugs,” Capri said.
Operation Summer Heat Which rap groups the assailants were tied to could not be confirmed as of the Daytona Times’ Wednesday night deadline. The shootings, paired with a separate law enforcement operation, also resulted in 66 citations, nine arrests and four guns con-
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Fighter of felons’ rights to address NAACP BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES
When the Volusia County/ Daytona Beach NAACP holds its 46th Annual Freedom Fund banquet on July 12, attendees will hear one of the state’s strongest fighters for felons’ rights. The speaker is Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and chair of Floridians for a Desmond Fair Democracy. Meade Meade is an attorney who led the charge to get Amendment 4, a constitutional law that restores voting rights to ex-felons passed, by working through Florida Rights Restoration and with other organizations like the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
New legislation Amendment 4 automatically restored the right to vote to more than 1.4 million ex-felons in the state of Florida who have completed their sentences as well as parole and probation who have applied for restoration. The measure was passed on the ballot during the 2018 midterm election. Sixty-five percent of voters or more than 5.1 million voters voted in favor for it. However, the implementation of Amendment 4 recently faced a snag. Late last month, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that requires felons’ fines to be paid before their rights can be restored.
The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at the Daytona Beach Hilton (South Tower), 100 N. Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $65. “With the success and relativeness of Amendment 4, which is a big deal in regards to voting rights, we chose Meade as a great speaker for this year’s event,” local NAACP President Cynthia Slater told the Daytona Times.
Help for ex-felons
Road construction to begin on section of MLK
BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES
Fourteen years ago in 2005, the Daytona Times harshly criticized the Daytona Beach Police Department and the city for poor upkeep of what was then called the Cypress Park/ Police Athletic League Center, especially the empty and dilapidated pool. The newspaper also published the second in a series of popular Tom Joyner Cruise reviews.
“Amendment 4 is probably the biggest thing since the Voting Rights Act of 1964. Mr. Meade has a story that needs to be told. His story can tell people a lot and help a lot of people. His story tells why Amendment 4 is so important.”
There are fears that traffic could soon come to a standstill when construction begins on a section of a major roadway in Daytona Beach’s Midtown. Road construction on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) between Orange Avenue and International Speedway Boulevard is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 15. The $2.67 million project will be a complete makeover of the area, including road surface, underground utilities, wider sidewalks, decorative lighting features and landscaping along with additional street parking on the east side of the road.
Florida felons now will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations before they can get their voting rights restored. Meade and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition are not deterred. A Fines and Fees Fund was reSee NAACP, Page 2
Meanwhile, local businesses some concerns. “I just hope that they complete it within the time frame that they proposed. I don’t see the need for 8-foot sidewalks, which will make the road smaller and reduce parking,’’ said Robert Itani, who owns Quick Tire & Automotive Repair at 224 MLK Blvd. “Right now you can park on both sides of the street. They are proposing parking on one side. There are a lot of cars that speed down the road and I’m concerned that they may hit those parking bumps proposed in the project.” This road project brings up nightmares from the Orange Avenue road construction project, which lasted for more almost three years instead of the proposed two years. It led to lawsuits from businesses against the city.
Preparing for worst One business in the construc-
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JULY 11 – JULY 17, 2019 kicked off in April 2018, and has raised $370,000 of its $400,000 goal. A statue of Bethune is expected to be unveiled in the nation’s capitol in 2020. B-CU has partnered with the Daytona Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to garner additional community support.
Easterseals enrolling children for VPK programs
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Brown & Brown representatives along with B-CU President Dr. Brent Chrite are shown at Wednesday’s event.
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Brown & Brown, Inc., a large insurance brokerage located in Daytona Beach, presented a $25,000 check to the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune National Statuary Hall Campaign on Wednesday. The insurance company has commit-
VIOLENCE from Page 1 fiscated along with the seizure of large amounts of marijuana and heroin seized. “We actually have an operation ongoing every summer called Summer Heat, which addresses violent street crime. This operation is in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. We were out already before these shootings,” Capri explained. “The current shootings led others to flee the law and end up arrested. Crime, violent crimes and shootings are all down. This was a string of random events over a four-hour period.”
‘I don’t feel safe’ The shootings also had many residents worried like Devonne Roberts, who lives in the Derbyshire area where several incidents occurred. Roberts told the Daytona Times, “I don’t feel safe. I want to pack up and leave. I thought they had everyone in custody. Some-
MLK from Page 1 tion zone is preparing for everything. “I am prepared for it. I am ready to just basically shut down. I don’t see any traffic or customers really being able to get in and out of there. We hope it doesn’t get as bad as Orange Avenue did but we are prepared for the worst,” Oliver Ross, owner of the Crab Stop at 240 MLK told the Daytona Times. He also owns the Crab Stop on International Speedway Boulevard.
‘It’s needed’ Some residents say they welcome infrastructure improvements. “I don’t think it will be
ted to a total of $50,000 for the campaign, according to a statement from BethuneCookman University (B-CU). The presentation was made on BethuneCookman University’s campus at the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Home, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. The check was presented during a celebratory open house in honor of Bethune’s birthday. The Bethune-Cookman University founder was born on July 10, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina. She died on May 18, 1955 in Daytona Beach. The National Statuary Hall Campaign
thing needs to be done to stop these killings in our community. We really need people to come together to find solutions.” City officials want to assure public safety. “We want to reiterate support for our police and the great work they do. We want to send a message to the community to always work with law enforcement,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry. “Our safety depends on us working with law enforcement and letting the bad guys know that we stand together against violence.’’
Following leads Capri echoed, “There was never a time that the city was out of control and unsafe. We were on this from day one. Our officers have done a great job following leads. The safety of our citizens is our top concern. We want our residents, businesses and visitors safe. If you use gun violence, we will come and get you and lock you up.”
Two on Monday On Monday, there were two
Easterseals Northeast Central Florida is enrolling eligible children for its free voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) at its Child Development Centers in Daytona Beach (1219 Dunn Ave.) and DeLand (306 Wisconsin Ave.). To participate in free VPK, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, be a resident of Volusia County and have a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Early Learning Coalition. As part of the program, children enrolled in free VPK receive breakfast. Easterseals’ Child Development Centers provide student education programs for eligible Volusia County students, including a VPK program, a pre-school that accepts children ages 12 months and older, and charter-school classes.
About the program The VPK program offers hands-on and comprehensive education for Pre-K students ages 3-5 with special needs and/or disabilities as defined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP). Easterseals Charter School’s inclusive
other shootings in the Derbyshire area. Police responded to calls of a Black Nissan firing shots near at 118 Berkshire Road near Derbyshire and Third Street. A man was shot in the foot. The victim did not press charges and refused to cooperate with authorities, according to reports.
More on Tuesday On Tuesday night, police arrested three suspects in relation to a drive-by shooting, which took place at 1324 Moore St. Police arrested Diante Thompson 23, Demackalis Few, 27, and Rasheem Smith 21. Law enforcement was looking for 17-year old Kevin Stokes. There was a $500,000 reward for anyone with information leading to his capture.
What went down According to reports, the three were suspects in the drive-by shooting. They had been spotted by law enforcement after tips describing the vehicle they were driving. Law enforcement trailed the vehicle. The men left that vehicle and
any trouble getting on and off the streets. We can come from the other side. I think it’s good they are fixing the roads and stuff. It’s needed. A lot of streets around town need fixing. A lot of areas need infrastructure improvements too,” said Freddy Brockington, who lives on El Dorado Street, which runs east to west between MLK and Lincoln St.
I’m familiar with road construction,’’ Hart said. “It’s going to be inconvenient. I expect it. People often want things to run smoothly and perfect, but it doesn’t. I can deal with it.” The city hosted a meeting about the project in May at the Dickerson Center where residents got to voice concerns. That meeting was poorly attended by the community.
About the redesign
Residents also expect some inconvenience during the project. Glynis Hart lives on Cherry St., which also runs east to west between MLK and Lincoln. She expressed, “I went to the meeting that they had. I’ve seen the designs. I like it. I was concerned with manhole locations. I used to drive dump trucks.
Also, during that meeting city officials stated that they both wanted to and expected to avoid problems that occurred during the Orange Avenue road construction project. The City of Daytona Beach did not respond for comment by the Daytona Times’ Wednesday deadline. According to the city’s
classroom settings integrates its students with typically developing students of the Easterseals Child Development Center, which assists in helping all students achieve the best possible outcomes. Further, its adult-to-child ratio exceeds the state requirement, allowing for more individualized attention for each child in care. IEPs outline specific goals and objectives for students to meet his/her own potential. For more information, call 386-323-2400 or visit www.elcfv.org.
Halifax Health to host block party in New Smyrna A New Smyrna Beach block party presented by Halifax Health is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will take place at the Live Oak Cultural Center, 1050 Live Oak St. The family-friendly event will include health screenings, face painting, music and dancing, games for children, promotional giveaways, and healthy snacks. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Halifax Health providers located in New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange, including Halifax Health-Children’s Medical Center, Halifax Health-Hospice, Halifax Health-Center for Oncology, Halifax Health|Brooks Outpatient Rehabilitation and Halifax Health-Primary Care. For more information about this event, call 386-425-4224.
got in a vehicle with a female driver. They left a gun in the other vehicle, reports indicate. After a car chase, they were apprehended. A woman identified as Zipporah Shavers was taken into custody by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office for driving the switching vehicle.
Shootings, crash Earlier on Tuesday, police responded to calls of a crash and gunshots near the corner of Weaver Street and Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. On Tuesday, three separate shootings rocked the town just a day after two other shootings. A vehicle was crashed as a result of being chased by another vehicle reports indicate. It was reported that the two men in the crashed vehicle were being chased by another vehicle with three men inside who opened fire upon them along Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. Following the crash, the men fled on Weaver Street. One man hid behind a building and another was fatally shot in the back. The victim was identified
website codb.us, after residents voiced concerns about manholes being in traffic lanes and extending the availability of reclaimed water, the city is redesigning underground utility lines to address those concerns. The redesign is expected to shift sewer lines to the east and into the parking areas along the side of the roadway. This adjustment will move most of the manhole covers from traffic lanes, reclaimed water will also be made available to the landscaped bump-outs and to property owners from Orange Avenue to International Speedway Blvd.
as 19-year old Dameon Carn, according to police reports.
Rounds fired Shortly after that incident, police responded to a call of a woman shot at Taco Bell on Nova Road. It was determined that she was shot in the leg during the shooting incident that happened on Madison Avenue and Gibson Street just moments earlier. Police say the woman had dropped off her boyfriend when a car pulled up and a man got out with a rifle and started firing rounds.
More violence Reports also indicate that at least eight shells were fired off and the woman begged not to be shot and said she had nothing to do with the incident. Also on Tuesday, police responded to a call where a vehicle had been hit by gunfire at 1114 Berkshire. The person in the vehicle was not injured and was uncooperative with officers, reports state.
Meanwhile, work will begin on July 15 despite an electric sign on MLK stating it would begin on July 9. Construction will also begin at the Magnolia Avenue intersection due to the underground pipes being deepest in that area. The intersection will be completely closed north to south and east to west. Traffic will be permitted from Orange Avenue
north to the work zone and from International Speedway Boulevard south to the work zone. All through traffic will be routed around the area via Orange Avenue, U.S. 1, International Speedway Boulevard and Lockhart Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained to the businesses within the work zone.
March completion The design work is expected to take several weeks but the project is projected to be completed sometime in March.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach hereby provides notice of the following public hearings: Resident Advisory Board Meeting Meeting Conducted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:00AM
NAACP from Page 1 cently set up to help ex-felons who owe financial obligations. The NAACP is working with organizations like the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. The local NAACP also touts its partnerships and ability to work with other social justice organizations. Slater noted, “We must partner with like-minded organizations because we can’t do it alone. Amendment 4 and the Census are key issues on our agenda.” Meade’s efforts have landed him on Time magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Most Influential People’’
and he also was named Orlando Sentinel’s Floridian of the Year for 2018. Meade is also a guest columnist for the Huffington Post. An ex-felon himself, Meade is from Miami but currently lives in Orlando. Meade is married with five children. He is a graduate of Florida International University’s College of Law.
‘Freedom is not free’ The Freedom Fund Banquet is the key component for the local NAACP branch to raise funds for its mission. Slater expressed, “It is our 46th banquet, but our chapter has been around for more than 70 years. Freedom is not free. We need all the support that
we can get. The U.S. Constitution guarantees us inalienable rights that we often see are challenged and trampled upon today,” Slater expressed. “The NAACP and other organizations raise awareness on the unfairness and injustices in society. We see it daily rather in criminal justice, housing, employment, voting rights, educations and more.”
More young attendees Slater says there will be more young people highlighted at the banquet. “You’ll see a lot more young people on stage and out in the forefront. Our young adult division has really taken the lead in registering ex-felons and
organizing this banquet. They are ready to take the stage,” she related. As always, the NAACP will award several high school graduates with scholarships to assist with college. Slater emphasized, “We’ve assisted so many youngsters with scholarships. Education is a key component to what we do. Education is also a key to fighting injustice and intolerance. “We want our youngsters to not only graduate high school but to continue their education. It’s a tough economy and a degree is often needed to get into many career fields,’’ she added. For more information and tickets, call 386-2553736.
Public Hearing Friday, August 9, 2019: 2:00 P.M. Daytona Beach Housing Authority, 211 N. Ridgewood Avenue Daytona Beach, Florida 32114 The public hearing will be held for the purpose of receiving comments on a change to the Agency’s Annual Plan as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Agency Plan will be available for review for a 45 day comment period – June 27, 2019 - August 12, 2019, at the office addresses listed above, and on our website at www.dbhafl.org. Persons requiring special accommodations, regarding this notice may call 253-5653, ext. 306. Any person wishing to comment on the Authority’s Annual Plan may file his or her written comments with the Chief Executive Officer no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 12, 2019. All comments will be considered in preparing the amendment to the plan before submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Reasonable Accommodation: The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach will provide reasonable accommodations under its program rules, policies, practices or services when such accommodation will permit a person with disabilities to benefit from such accommodation. Disabled personas are asked to notify DBHA staff should an accommodation be required. The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, familial status, or physical or mental disability in the access to its programs for employment or in its activities, functions or services. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
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AACS dedicates resource room to longtime members One of the African American Cultural Society’s (AACS) membership meetings touted the opening of the Robert A. and Erma Brooks Resource Room, compiling the couple’s contributions to the organization. It was recognized that Robert A. “Bob” Brooks passed away on April 9, 2017. The defining moment occurred months earlier. Prior to a meeting, the membership was alerted that the couple - among the earliest AACS members served as exemplars of the love of learning. The Brooks collected the African and African Diaspora books, films, music, works of art, and artifacts, and dedicated themselves to sharing the history and culture of African Americans. On point, the room honors the Brooks, and welcomes all who thirst for knowledge. Sybil Dodson Lucas, Resource Room Task Force Chair, said at the meeting, “At some point, we all agreed that the work, that has been assembled and donated, certainly was worthy of its own space. “And, we wanted to make that happen. We wanted to honor Bob and Erma’s contributions to the center,” said Lucas. Others representing the group were Bettie and Richard Eubanks, Dr. Reinhold Schlieper, Leuwhana Sylvain, Blanche Valentine, and curator Meshella Woods. Shoring up the plans included Claude Jones, Berkeley Chandler, Daniel Isaac, President Joseph Matthews, John Reid, and Merritt Robertson. Monetary donations were contributed by Drs. Steven and Gina Sevigny.
Rare books, artifacts Prior to taking a tour, Woods said, “This is the room where Af-
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rican and African-Diaspora history and culture have networked. We take great pride in the unveiling. (Moreover,) as you walk through our new gallery/lobby, we have learned to embrace “red” as a color and as a spirit of positive change. “We have a vision that includes partnering with libraries, schools, youth organizations, museums. and other cultural organizations, and the use of new technology to disseminate information,’’ said the curator. Many items displayed have been collected from the members of the African American Cultural Society. Woods further articulated the unique resource of rare books, ancient and historic media, DVDs, tapes, and authentic art, and artifacts. The society’s magnificent lobby, conference room and office have been redecorated, and hung with luxurious paintings of fine Black art.
Donations still welcome Woods escorted Mrs. Brooks and her guests to the resource room. Mrs. Brooks’ guests were her niece, Vickie Jackson, and Nickie Grays, along with Grays’ children, Montanna and Roman. The Grays provide a lovely home in Palm Coast for Mrs. Brooks at Grays Adult Family Care Home. The members followed suit touring the room, and noted a perpetual donors’ plate with the opportunity of providing signifi-
Erma and Robert Brooks, shown on the right, were in attendance at an AACS event. cant donations for the upkeep of the resource room. If you know anyone or entities having an interest in contributing, call the curator at 386-4477030.
About Robert Brooks In an afterword, Robert A. Brooks was born on Aug. 2, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, New York. He served our nation honorably in the U.S. Army and retired as captain of the New York City Fire Department. The Brooks, parents of one daughter, Mandy, relocated to Palm Coast in 1987 from Queens. They became members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the African American Cultural Society, the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and the NAACP. In addition to the AACS’ original library, Mr. Brooks organized the Black Studies Program and the Thursday film presentations. He was presented the organization’s Distinguished LongTerm Service Award, implementing African-American Studies at both high schools, particularly significant in that a federal mandate had forced the desegregation of the Flagler schools. Mr. Brooks was the society’s first chairman of the board, along with other achievements.
Robert and Erma Brooks
About Erma Brooks Erma Brooks was born on Aug. 26, 1930, in Harlem. She served on the AACS Board of Directors, as second vice president, in addition to Cultural Committee chair. Mrs. Brooks has chaired various other AACS committees and sponsored the Ebony Society for teens at both high schools. She received an AACS Meritorious Award for the Third-Eye Youth Program and directed a one-act play for the facility’s dinner theater. Mrs. Brooks was a member of the Underground Railroad Quilters and co-director of the East Central Florida Club of the National Association of Negro Busi-
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ness and Professional Women’s Clubs. She later presided over the East Central Florida Club. The Brooks – as an important source of learning – earned the right to be touted with a resource room. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Celebrations Birthday wishes to Sidney Honeyghan, July 17. Happy anniversary to Henry “Smitty” Smith and Thea Smith, July 15.
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Black man. Black woman. Black child. Black children need a mother and a father in the household. No matter what story my grandma tells me of her childhood, she always mentions her mama and daddy. Our DNA is wired differently; our culture was groomed differently; therefore our lives should be different. Before "modern parenting" began – and the government began regulating what it means to be a "good parent" – the average Black household consisted of five children, two parents and even grandparents. Why is it now that the average Black household consists of the same amount of children, but now only one parent – usually the mother –that is left to raise, protect and nurture those children on her own.
Things go wrong Where did we go wrong as a family unit? Was it when welfare took fathers from the home? Or Was it when Bill Clinton initiated his "three strikes" rule and forced many fathers up the river? Whether it is out fault or not, we must break these generational curses and return to the base of what it means to be family. As in every social system, stability is achieved only by understanding and accounting for human nature including action, reaction, and setting patterns. Consistency is what sets the standard for years to come. Hearing your parents tell you to make your bed every day, take the trash out on Mondays, and respect your elders has always been a requirement as a kid to learn life's morals.
How it’s done Intimidation or incentive is essential to success. Individual “brainwashing” or programming in both the family unit and the peer group must be engaged and brought under control. Usually when you don't listen to your parents you get disciplined. Whether that's a spanking or getting your video game removed, these steps aim to improve attitude and
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Some stopped by Barber’s meeting drew nine candidates, each who had the opportunity to give a four-minute speech and 26 minutes of questioning from Rev. Barber. The Rainbow PUSH gathering drew seven candidates who had about 15 minutes to address those assembled. Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Di Blasio and Pete Buttigieg had press conferences with Rev. Jackson. Kamala Harris and Corey Booker did not attend Rev. Jackson’s meeting, although Harris did get to Rev. Barber’s and pledged to support a debate dedicated to poverty issues. With a crowded field and cal-
married. He is taught that he either conforms to the social notch cut out for him, or his sex life will be hobbled and his tender companionship will be zero. He is made to see that women demand security more than logical, principled, or honorable behavior.
Men and honor
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Many Dems are running for exposure Twenty-four people are running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. From where I sit, at least half of them are only running for exposure, for the vice presidential nod, for cabinet secretary, to push a platform, or to simply be seen. Their ambitions have made the process turgid and impractical, often amusing and only sometimes illuminating. The candidates do best when they have time to expound on their ideas, as they did at Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Congress on June 17, or at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s National Rainbow Coalition International Convention June 28-July 2.
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endar, it is clear that everybody can’t be everywhere, but I’d like the two African American senators to explain why they snubbed Rev. Jackson, a leader who provided the very foundation for them to run for office.
Why run? Memo to Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson, Steve Bullock, Wayne Messam, and a few others. What are you running for, really? You’ve got ideas. Doesn’t everybody? But you have about as good a chance of being president as the proverbial snowball has a chance of surviving hell. You’ve raised a little money and you’ve got a skeleton staff. Why not sit home and write op-eds about your good ideas? Somebody will publish them. Memo to Eric Swalwell – agebaiting is neither thoughtful nor cute. It’s fine to tell former Vice President Biden to “pass the torch” once, but to say it more than once seems like badgering and makes you look like a junior high school heckler.
The female element of human society is ruled by emotion first and logic second. In the battle between logic and imagination, imagination always wins, fantasy prevails, maternal instinct dominates so that the child comes first and the future comes second. A woman with a newborn baby is too starry-eyed to see a wealthy man's "cash cow" or a cheap source of slave labor. This is why mothers are so protected and praised in our communities. Mom is the one who's always there, who has to struggle to see her babies succeed. Mom is the one cleaning snotty noses and kissing our scars to make them feel better.
Biden should have come back at you for hedging your bets. You told the San Francisco Chronicle that, while you are running for president, you haven’t closed the door on keeping your congressional seat. You have until December to decide, you say. Do us all a favor. Decide now! (Editor’s note: Eric Swalwell dropped out of the Democratic primary this week.)
Losing isn’t winning Memo to Beto O’Rourke. Just like the South lost the Civil War, you lost the Senate race in 2018. Losing a statewide competition is hardly the foundation for a successful presidential run. You were a nondescript congressman that sponsored little legislation, a Democratic sensation mainly because you came close to toppling the odious Senator Ted Cruz. But what do you stand for other than White male exuberance, jumping up on tables with the wild hand gestures? Run for Senate in Texas again. Maybe you’d win and really make a difference! Memo to Julian Castro. Don’t patronize your own community by speaking Spanish poorly. I think Latino people care more about your policy positions than your Spanish language ability. Good move in going after Beto O’Rourke in the debates on immigration issues. Wrong move in missing the Poor People’s Congress after confirming that you’d be there. Memo to Vice-President Biden. You’re better than your act, better than your debate performance, better than your wan-
are born. This is how leaders are made.
My experience I don't have all the statistics regarding single-parent households. However as a product of one, I believe my testimony is one that can speak for a majority. My mother was the greatest growing up. She was extremely supportive, pushed my goals into reality and always taught me to love everyone the same. Like the majority of my generation, my father lived outside of our home. Child support checks, letters and phone calls were usually the only line of communica-
dering, long-winded speeches.
Quit making mistakes I know you’ve been doing you for a long time, and the wordy gaffes seem to work for you. Actually, they don’t. There’s nothing wrong with saying you made a mistake, nothing wrong with apologizing to Anita Hill – which you haven’t done yet – nothing wrong with talking about busing unapologetically. If you don’t get your act together, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are going to make mincemeat out of you. It’s only July, seven long months before the February 3, 2020, Iowa caucuses. That’s eight months before the delegate-rich Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020, when at least 15 states, including Texas and California, will hold primaries, and 1,321 Democratic delegates will be up for grabs. It’s the beginning of July. By month’s end, there will be yet another debate with 20 people on the stage in two clumps. We won’t learn much at these debates, because they are less debate than guided conversation
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What we must know, even at this point in July, is that all 24 candidates aren’t running for president. At least half of them are simply running for exposure, and most of the nation is not paying attention. Can you name all 24 candidates without the use of Google? Probably not. I got to 21 before I had to check.
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vorced, split up or never were in a relationship to begin with, please try and build a healthy situation so the children can know and love both parents. Dad is as important as Mom and we must return to that concept. Men, raise your babies. Don't run from responsibility. Ladies, don't poison your child's mind with negative thoughts of their father. A little more harmony, love, and Black unity, and we can save our community! Asé.
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with interruptions and outbursts. What we must know, even at this point in July, is that all 24 candidates aren’t running for president. At least half of them are simply running for exposure, and most of the nation is not paying attention. Can you name all 24 candidates without the use of Google? Probably not. I got to 21 before I had to check.
Others on the list I left out Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton, former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock. They’ve made quite an impression! Running for exposure is a costly venture – and a constitutionally guaranteed right. I’m not so sure it’s a good idea, at least where some of these candidates are concerned.
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John Q. Jordan: A key correspondent during the war John Q. Jordan, who lived in Portsmouth, Virginia, worked for the New Journal and Guide as a correspondent before, during and after the crucial landing at Normandy and observed firsthand the activities of Black soldiers. He also served as a pool reporter, recording and dispatching back bits and pieces of information for White and Black reporters toiling for news outlets sitting onboard ships or on land in England, the main staging areas for the massive invasion force. During the first hours of operations on the Omaha Beach, Jordan was one of the first journalists to view the action.
Wrote about D-Day John Q. Jordan was a journalist during World War II and wrote for the Norfolk New Journal and Guide.
African American troops also fought in Normandy Black Press recorded the bravery of ‘Negro’ soldiers during WWII BY LEONARD E. COLVIN NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE
The United States, Great Britain, France and other allies recently observed the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing on five beaches along Southern France at Normandy on their way to defeat Nazi Germany. The modern images of the allied leaders, including President Trump and other participants, captured by the media at the Normandy Beach event appeared mostly White. Seventy-five years ago, the mainstream news media and various movies such as “The Longest Day” and others also captured the images of White soldiers valiantly fighting on the sandy beaches against withering gun and cannon fire from the Germans. But thanks to the written words and images recorded by members of the Black Press who were eyewitnesses to the action in Southern France to Berlin, the contributions and valor of Black military men and women were recorded too.
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Black troops are photographed by John Q. Jordan in Southern France. as Young, Lem Graves and the ANP’s Joseph Dunbar to the European and South Pacific War Zones to cover the exploits of the Black soldiers. In many of the stories printed on the pages of the Guide, one could detect the tone of the accounts indicating that the reporters wanted to make clear that “Negro” soldiers were making significant contributions.
There on D-Day
Along with a quarter-million Black servicemen, Black newsmen from the Norfolk Journal and Guide, National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA) and the Associated Negro Press (ANP) were on hand to record this history left out of the mainstream press then and recently. Throughout World War II and especially D-Day in 1944, the Black Press dispatched reporters such as the New Journal and Guide’s John Q. “Rover’’ Jordan and P.B. Young Jr., Thom-
They worked on the ground and the air in combat, in support roles like driving trucks, operating machinery, medical support units, military police, tactical and leading administrative work. The tone countered the daily newspapers, which catered to its White readership, ignoring any significant contributions of the Black warriors. “If it were not for those Guide and other Black reporters, the story of Black men and women on D-Day or in other areas related to
World War II would have been ignored,” said Dr. Henry Lewis Suggs, professor emeritus of American History, Clemson University, who is now retired.
Casualties recorded too Suggs wrote the biography “P.B. Young, Sr., Newspaper Man.” Young, who founded the Guide newspaper after serving as the editor of its predecessor, the Lodge Journal newsletter dating to 1900, was a leading Black media, political and civic leader in Virginia and nationally from the early 1930s until he died in 1962. Weekly, during the war, the Guide published local, state, national, Virginia and Peninsula editions of the newspaper. Each edition included news about the war and the roles that Black soldiers, sailors, Coast Guard and civilians played at home and abroad. The articles not only pointed out the bravery and professionalism of the Black troops, they also
noted the heavy number of casualties Blacks suffered in combat. The stories which were distributed to other Black newspapers also recorded acts of racial bias against the Black patriots.
Post-war success There were stories of the many cases where Black and White troops worked “shoulder to shoulder” with no tension away from the field of battle and during it. “In Norfolk, the only source of news Black civilians got about Black soldiers and sailors overseas or at home was from the Black Press,” said Suggs. Suggs said the contributions of the Black warriors during WWII helped fuel African American efforts after the war to pursue socioeconomic and political equality. Further, the thousands of Blacks who fought in the war, used the G.I. Bill to secure an education and other support to attend Black colleges, which helped them grow. Suggs said that African Americans had their great generation of Black men who participated in the war. They later became the Black lawyers, doctors and educators and other professional and political class who fostered the Black middle class.
Eisenhower statement “Negro troops did their duty excellently under fire on Normandy’s beaches in a zone of heavy combat,” declared General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Invasion Forces. That statement was a greeting sent by the General, fondly known as “Ike” by the Black troops, to the NAACP’s Wartime Conference meeting in Chicago held that year. It appeared in the July 15, 1944 edition of the GUIDE under the headline “Eisenhower Proud of Our Troops in France,” verifying history. It also noted Black leadership’s citing the resistance and their insistance for sending Black Women Army Corps (WACs) to the front.
NNPA honors 101-yearold former publisher of Cincinnati Herald BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Marjorie B. Parham with the organization’s Legacy Award during its annual convention in Cincinnati on Friday, June 29. The NNPA is a trade association that represents African Americanowned newspapers and media companies in the United States. Parham, who turned 101 in February, spent more than three decades as publisher of the Cincinnati Herald, which was established in 1955 and counts as the longest-running African American newspaper in the city. “She was a real radical,” said Dorothy Leavell, the publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers.
“Marjorie Parham was something else and she was straight forward with her words and you didn’t have to guess what she meant … she made it very clear. She is a wonderful human being and she was a great asset to the Black Press of America,” Leavell said.
Covered Tuskegee Airmen Better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the article described how 2nd Lt. George M. Rhodes of Brooklyn, New York shot down a German plane — the first. The Black men who manned and operated the huge machines hailed from all over the country, including Little Rock, Arkansas, parts of Texas, and Philly. “They have been in operations over the whole length of the beach since D-day. These units were formed in Camp Gordon Johnson, Fla. and the first colored company of its type.” These amphibious ships were used to transport troops and supplies back and forth from the beaches, including taking wounded Black and White men to the awaiting hospital ships.
would retire from the Veterans Administration and take over as publisher of the Dayton Tribune, which her son ran until he was drafted in the military, her bio said.
In 1963, Parham became publisher of the Cincinnati Herald, where she became a legend and often noted for her work at the newspaper and in the community through her involvement in numerous civic organizations.
Plenty of honors Parham was unable to attend the ceremony but was represented by the husband of her granddaughter Rhonda Spillers, and Parham was feted with proclamations and commendations from Ohio State Sen. Cecil Thomas, State Reps. Sedrick Denson and Catherine Ingram; Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young; and Hamilton County Commissioner Stephanie Dumas. Former Ohio State Sen. Eric
He was positioned to peer down at 800-plus of ships sitting or moving in the waters below and the troops scrambling to the beaches. In an article in the Aug. 19, 1944 edition of the Guide, under the headline “Germans Only Attack Negro Group Invasion Day; Rhodes Gets One,” he described those hours of operation. Jordan wrote, “Many Negro troop units land on Beaches; Fliers handling the role in softening up second Invasion coast.” He described how on D-Day (June 6) weeks after, “The only fighter opposition (the Germans) encountered by the formations which flew protective cover for the Armada of heavies (bombers) and medium bombers who blasted a path for the invasion…on the coast of southern France was met by fighter pilots of the Mustang Group under (the command of) Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr.,” an African American.
Kearney served as master of ceremonies and co-chair of the convention. Kearney’s wife, Cincinnati Herald Publisher Jan Michele Lemon Kearney, served as the host for the annual convention which this year celebrates 192 years of the Black Press of America.
Wilberforce grad Born in 1918 in Clement Coun-
ty, Ohio, Parham graduated from Batavia High School and attended Wilberforce University, a Historically Black College, according to her bio. Later, she took classes at the University of Cincinnati before working as a clerk for the U.S. Veterans Administration. In 1954, Parham married Gerald Porter and one year later he founded the Cincinnati Herald. Within six years, Parham
In 1963, Parham also became publisher of the Cincinnati Herald, where she became a legend and often noted for her work at the newspaper and in the community through her involvement in numerous civic organizations. In 1982, Parham became the second African American to serve as a trustee for the University of Cincinnati, and she also chaired the board of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. Active in the Urban League, the American Red Cross and various scouting groups, Parham also was known for her work as a member of NNPA where she served on the organization’s board as treasurer. “I know [NNPA leadership] will continue their high standards of excellence,” Denson said.
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The second crash of the race happened on Turn No.1. said. “I never even saw myself running a Cup race until I got a call a few months ago to do Talladega. It’s unreal. “The stars aligned.”
Justin Haley, winner of the 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400, celebrates at the podium with his crew.
Lightning, delays, pileup and surprising win at Coke Zero Sugar 400 BY EDGAR THOMPSON ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS
Promoter Danny Wimmer, Speedway President Chip Wile, Volusia County Council Chair Ed Kelley, Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, and Chamber of Commerce member Janet Kercy.
Justin Haley beat the longest odds in the field to win Sunday’s rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400. It took a sure thing to get the 20-year-old to Victory Lane. The bad weather that plagued Daytona International Speedway all weekend returned like clockwork Sunday afternoon to deliver Haley a potentially career-changing win during just his third race in NASCAR’s Cup Series. “It’s truly a blessing,” Haley
Officials halted the race due to lightning at Lap 127 and eventually ended it two hours and 12 minutes later with 33 laps remaining as rain drenched the 2.5-mile super-speedway. The decision handed Haley his first career win just two days after a disappointing runner-up finish during the Xfinity Series race. Haley finished a spot ahead of 21-year William Byron, followed by seven-time Cup season champion Jimmie Johnson, Ty Dillon and Ryan Newman. “It makes that second-place finish Friday a lot better,” Haley said. Despite Haley’s strong showing during Friday night’s Firecracker 250, no one expected him to be a factor during the Cup Series event. The native of Winamac, Ind., entered Sunday with 500-to-1 odds to win, the worst in the 40-car field.
17-car pileup To overcome the odds, Haley needed to avoid a 17-car pile-up that derailed the hopes of many of NASCAR’s biggest names. He then benefited from veteran Kurt Busch’s decision to enter pit road during the last caution lap before officials red-flagged the race at 3:20 p.m. Busch led the race at the time of the decision but sat in the No. 18 spot when drivers were sent to pit road due to lightning in the area. “They had to make a judgment call and they made a judgment call,” said Busch, a 31-time winner. “The biggest challenge was just trying to decide when that last lightning bolt was going to strike.” When the race began shortly after 1 p.m., conditions were steamy and the skies were friendly. But drivers soon found themselves in a race against the elements, eventually leading to a dust-up between Austin Dillon and Clint Bowyer that would change the course of the race.
Pandemonium on 119 With reigning 500 winner Denny Hamlin having moved into the lead ahead of Dillon, Bowyer made a charge on the outside of the track in the No. 14 Ford. Right on Dillon’s bumper entering in Turn 1, Bowyer suddenly dove to the inside, but Dillon gave no quarter. The bold move and ensuing block caused Dillon to lose control of his No. 3 Chevrolet, leading to pandemonium on Lap 119. Bowyer, Dillon and Chase Elliott would sustain too much damage to return to racing. Meanwhile, a host of other cars, including those of Hamlin, Stage 1 winner Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Erik Jones, were caught up in the chaos and were knocked off the lead lap. “I guess he didn’t want me to pass him,” Bowyer said. “It’s just part of racing like this.”
Lightning concern Dillon said the weather played into his bold decision-making. Lightning was in the area and 100 laps were completed, making the race official. Dillon, who won Stage 2 and led a race-high 46 laps, said he was concerned the race could be called at any moment. “I was being aggressive and trying to get the lead,” Dillon said. “I was trying to get a race win. We had a fast car. I hate it ended that way.” Dillon’s disappointing loss was Haley’s unexpected gain.
‘No expectation’ Haley was in the 27th spot at the time of the crash. He doubted he would have been able to hold the lead if the race had restarted. “We probably would have gotten ate up in the restart there,” Haley said. After the initial lightning delay, drivers even returned to their cars to prepare to run the final laps. In this case, lightning would strike twice, eventually ending the race and earning Haley the one of the most improbable victories ever at Daytona International Speedway. “There was no expectation to win,” Haley said. “It never even was a thought in my mind.”
Left: Warren Trager and his wife, Daytona Beach City Commissioner Ruth Trager, County Councilwoman Barbara Girtman and a friend enjoyed themselves.
Left: Mr. and Mrs. Jason Jones.