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YEAR 37 NO. 24

Local pioneers to receive highest U.S. honor


Dr. James Huger will be among the six area residents to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor this month in D.C. for World War II contributions. BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Four Volusia County residents and two residents of Flagler County have been invited to receive Congressional Medals of Honor this month in Washington, D.C. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest civilian honor. The honor is bestowed by the president in the name of Congress. Dr. James Huger, Eli Graham, John Steele all of Daytona Beach, along with Robert Blanks of Orange City and Wilfred Carr and James Sharpe of Palm Coast in Flagler County, had the oppor-

tunity to have served and trained at Montford Point Camp, a segregated training facility for Blacks from 1942 to 1949. Up until this recognition, the Montford Point Marines have never received the status of other Black soldiers such as the Army’s Buffalo Soldiers and the Air Force’s Tuskegee Airmen. The Montford Point Marines were the first Black Marine unit that served in the Pacific in World War II.

Forced to allow Blacks to train The Army and Navy had been recruiting Blacks since the Civil War.

Huger said he was initially drafted to go into the Army, but then the opportunity came when Blacks could join the Marines. Blacks gained entry to the Marines after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order forcing the commandant to allow them to train. In 1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order that desegregated the military services and all Marines went to boot camp at either Parris Island or Camp Pendleton. This month’s ceremony, in which Huger says he will be attending with son John, will take place at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Please see HONOR, Page 2


Dr. James Huger, center, is shown with Al Bouie, president of the local Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Dr. Hiram Powell, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University. Huger plans to travel to D.C. for the June 28 ceremony to receive his Congressional medal.

Plenty of candidates for Volusia election Voter registration for primary ends July 16 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Shown above are members of Campbell Street High School’s Class of 1956. A reunion of all Campbell Street grads begins July 26.

A celebration for Centipedes July reunion scheduled for Campbell Street High classes from 1929 to 1971 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES


raduates of the old Campbell Street High School, which was the all-Black high school in Daytona Beach from 1929 until 1969 will be celebrating their eighth Homecoming Celebration July 26-29 at the Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center. Volusia County schools did not integrate until 1970. All graduates from the old school, who

were known as the Centipedes and those who started at the school and graduated in 1970 or 1971 from another school in the area are invited to attend. Attendees can start registering at the hotel starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 26. There will be a meet and greet scheduled at the hotel from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Banquet, picnic planned A brunch will kick off festivities Friday, July 27, at 10 a.m. where classmates will have time to reminisce with one another. “An Evening of Elegance” banquet will take place at the hotel with doors opening to the banquet hall at 7 p.m. Live entertainment will begin about 9 p.m. and go until 1 a.m.

A picnic is scheduled at Cypress Street Park Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Later that evening, starting at 8 p.m., there will be a homecoming dance. All those attending are urged to wear western attire. This is a non-food function. On Sunday, July 29, the last day of the event, there will be a farewell reception at the John H. Dickerson Center beginning at noon. Before being renamed the Dickerson Center, it was the location of the old Campbell Street High School. The Dickerson Center is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which used to be named Campbell Street after a racecar driver.

Qualifying is over, and Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall’s next task is to produce a ballot. Approximately 80 races will be on the ballot, including local, county, state and national competitions. The only surprise entrant into a race is attorney and former Halifax Area Advertising Authority Chair Ted Doran, who officially filed his paperwork last Friday to run for the chairman’s seat on the Volusia County Council. Doran is the third person to enter that race, joining current County Councilman Carl Persis and Edgewater resident Jason Davis. Persis, who is a Volusia County District 4 council member, said this week he is being forced to resign his seat to comply with a state law on pensions that requires him to leave the county’s payroll for six months. McCall said there will be no special election to fill Persis’ seat, which he would have held until his replacement was elected during the

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Daytona father shares his perspective on raising son alone BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Daytona Times staff writer Andreas Butler is shown with his son, Andreas Butler Jr.

There are plenty of dads out there, but not everyone is a father. I have been a single father for the past seven years. My son, Andreas Butler Jr., is 8 years old, and I have had legal custody of him for some time now due to certain circumstances at the time that made it the best situation for him. As for my child’s mother, she is still around and lives nearby. She spends time with him and does for him. We have a pretty good relationship and she often calls me her best friend.

No need for ‘hero cookies’ To a certain extent, I know what single mothers go through and have gone through. I grew up without my male parent around and didn’t want that for my child. I also grew up in a femaledominated family. I had a few friends whose fathers treated me like their own son and gave me fatherly advice. Single fathers don’t get the attention and respect that single mothers do. I know some single fathers. Some are doing the best that they can and some others need to get their priorities straight like some single mothers.

I think that I speak for most of us when I say that we don’t want “hero cookies.’’ We know that we are doing what we are supposed to do. We want to take care of our children. We just want people to know that we are doing it too, especially those single mothers who complain about how hard it is. We know it’s hard.

It takes balance It’s difficult to make it in the world on your own and it’s even more difficult to make it when you are responsible for the well being of another person like a child or children. Things are different for single Please see FATHER, Page 2



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Honoring Hometown Heroes, celebrating Juneteenth

Ima Jackson performs “I See the Truth Standing on the Back of Ancestors’’ at the Juneteenth celebration held June 12 at the Midtown Education and Cultural Center.

Recognized during the Juneteenth Banquet were 28 Hometown Heroes. Circuit Judge Hubert Grimes, who co-hosted the event with Donna Tucker, is shown above with former Daytona Beach City Commissioner Steven Miller, who also was one of the first to introduce Daytonans to celebrating Juneteenth. A festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cypress Street Park. A youth empowerment summit also is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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Center. The Montford Point Marines will be recognized by Congress for their contributions to the Marine Corps. Another ceremony will take place at the Commandant of the Marine Corps residence.

Cost for the Homecoming Celebration is $150 per person or $275 a couple. This will cover all events. Those who are not local and wish to reserve a hotel room can call the Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center to reserve a room for $122.65 per night. Tax is included. Reservations must be made by June 28 to guarantee these rates. The number for the hotel is 877-644-3239 or 386672-3770. The event registration does not include the cost of T-shirts. They range in price from $12 to $15 depending upon the size. Organizers are asking that all registration be completed by July 15; no personal checks will be accepted after June 30. Classmates also can attend individual events. Prices are $25 for Thursday’s meet and greet; $25 for Friday’s brunch; $50 for Friday’s banquet; $20 for Saturday’s picnic, and $25 for Saturday’s dance. Homecoming packets and ID can be picked up at the hotel beginning July 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A souvenir booklet will be published. Ad prices range from $5 to $150. Ads must be camera ready and can be emailed to Julia. All checks can be made payable to CHS Homecoming Committee, P.O. Box 11233, Daytona Beach, FL 32120.

Overdue honor In an interview this week, Huger told the Daytona Times that the honor is well overdue. He compared himself and his fellow Black Marines to the Tuskegee Airmen. Huger said he first met fellow recipient John Steele in 1942 at the camp. Huger, 97, who is older than Steele, enlisted before Steele arrived. Huger said he achieved the rank of sergeant major. At least 400 of the soldiers who served during World War II at that time are still alive. According to information obtained by the Times, a concerted effort was established by the Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) to identify all Montford Point Marines, living and deceased. The MPMA will continue to collect documentation, training information, photos and artifacts even after the ceremony has concluded.

20,000 honorees

Scholarship recipients revealed The Campbell High School Scholarship Committee will introduce the recipients of the 2012 scholarships at the 10 a.m. worship service on July 29. The scholarships are open to all descendants of CHS alumni who are high school seniors planning to attend a historically Black college or university. The homecoming committee includes Frances Worthen, Walter Fordham, Dai-

FATHER from Page 1 fathers. We are expected to be breadwinners and make things happen as men. We have to have income some way or another. Much more is expected of us. Balancing everything out is a challenge. You have to provide for your child, spend time with them, work, and advance in a career and take care of a home. I have made every sacrifice possible for my child to have a good life. I moved back to Daytona, which eliminated the need of a babysitter since I have plenty of family here.

Do what you have to do My first job after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Radio/Television Broadcast Journalism was as a janitor/custodian at Bethune-Cookman University. I actually had that job twice. I have worked numerous other jobs – even odd-hour jobs.

In the top photo are members of Campbell Street High School’s Class of 1970. Above are graduates from Ormond Beach and Holly Hill. sy Hicks, Marva Hopkins, Deborah Butts, Claudia McConnehead, Ruthie Williams, Joan Tucker, Yvonne Bell, Larry McConnehead, Virginia Bell, Eva Mitchell, Betsey Harderman, K.D. Beckton, Clifford Tay-

We live in public housing and, yes, I get a little food assistance. I do the cooking, cleaning, laundry, pay the bills, buy the clothes and everything else. I try to keep him involved in activities. I have him involved in sports. I also coach baseball myself. It’s challenging to try to introduce him to different things to keep his mind expanded so he doesn’t succumb to his surroundings or get caught up with the wrong things being important, especially what is portrayed in popular culture.

Education is important Pushing a child in education is also difficult as well. I make sure he does his homework and I am the one who takes him to school and picks him up every day. Dating is challenging because every man wants the companionship of a woman but its difficult finding the right one to be around your child. Also, as a single father you have to find the bal-

ance of being tough on your child and showing love and compassion.

As important as motherhood Fathers are needed just as much as mothers. We play an important role in the development and wellbeing of a child. Fathers teach boys how to be men, a strong work ethic and responsibility. We also affect the self-esteem of our daughters. We show them how they

lord, Julia Archie, Ruthie Williams, Emma Price, Frankye Jackson, Thomas Bryan John Bryan, Judy Collier, Roosevelt Miller and Shirley Bullard.

are supposed to be loved and treated by men by how we treat them and our female companions. This has a great effect on them when they grow up and date. Most of the women that I have come by who are the most screwed up don’t have a father or father figure or the one that they had are not or wasn’t worth a damn. My advice to fathers is do all that you can. Bust your butt. Be there. Yes, you may have to do jobs that you

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Congress voted last October to grant the first Black fighters of the last military branch the Congressional medal. The 422-0 vote honors about 20,000 Montford Point Marines. The Montford Point Marine Museum, located near Camp Lejeune, N.C., at Camp Gilbert H. Johnson, holds photos, letters, uniforms and other mementos from Blacks who endured tough training to earn the eagle, globe and anchor Corps’ insignia and disprove the notion they weren’t worthy because of the color of their skin.

don’t want to do. You may have to live where and how you don’t want to live. Don’t do anything that will jeopardize your freedom or you and your child’s well-being (sell drugs and other illegal activity). What

you do affects your child and what they become. It’s on you. Your child is your responsibility. One time for all those fathers out there being fathers! Here is a tribute to you! Happy Father’s Day!

DBIA – DBE GOALS In accordance with 49 CFR Part 26, the Daytona Beach International Airport is proposing its triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) participation goal for Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration (“DOT/FAA”) assisted contracts for fiscal years 2013 through 2015. The proposed participation goal is 2.09%. DBIA intends to meet this goal exclusively through race conscious measures. All records related to the methodology, statistical data, and rationale used to determine the proposed DBE participation goal is available for public review and inspection during normal business hours for thirty (30) days following the date of this published notice at the principal office of the Daytona Beach International Airport, located at 700 Catalina Drive, Suite 300 (3rd Floor Administrative Offices), Daytona Beach, Florida. DBIA will accept comments from the public concerning the proposed goal for a period of forty-five (45) days from the date of this published notice. All questions and comments should be sent or otherwise submitted to the Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (“DBELO”) at the following address: Tammy Maron Daytona Beach International Airport 700 Catalina Drive, Suite 300 Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 248-8030, Ext. 18303 (386) 248-8038

JUNE 14 - JUNE 20, 2012




Master’s Domain to put ‘Desperate Women’ on stage Church celebration will include dinner, play on June 23 BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES

Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ will be the site of “Desperate Women of the Bible,� a theatrical presentation along with dinner served by members of the church on June 23. Master’s Domain is celebrating two years at its current location and 18 years since the church was founded by its pastor, Superintendent Derrick Harris. The church is located at 211 Bay St. Harris also is known by many in the community as the “Cut Master.� He is the owner of Derrick’s Cut Masters at 918 Orange Ave.

‘Not reinventing the wheel’ “As an entrepreneur in the city of Daytona Beach

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for 23 years, I believe it is my calling to do more than just preach the Gospel. Most importantly, we at Master’s Domain, are not reinventing the wheel,� Harris said. “There are many capable men and women of God who are doing an awesome job in our great city. Our desire is to assist wherever possible, lead when the challenge presents itself, and give all the credit, honor and praise to God,� Harris continued. Harris said since moving

his church from behind his barbershop, the ministry has experienced spiritual and physical growth. “The vision of the ministry is undergirded by our National Church Urban Initiative, which is education; economic development; crime reduction and prevention, developing healthy men, women and children; and economic empowerment,� Harris concluded.

An appreciation for pastor The idea of the dinner theater was the brainchild of church member Chipella Jordan. Jordan says she loves dinner theater and always wanted to produce a presentation for the church. “I enjoy sharing the Word through presentations,� Jordan said. Jordan said she present-

Anointed Vessels of Praise, made up of mime artists Ricky and Michael Hemphill (above) will participate in the production at Master’s Domain. ed her play titled “Resurrection� last year at a church she attended in Melbourne. “Not only was the play well-received, there also was an encore performance,� Jordan said. Jordan said the purpose

of the play is to show appreciation to their pastor for his spiritual leadership. “We at Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ are no different. We love our pastor and appreciate all of the effort that he and his family expend on behalf of the ministry. We wanted to do something different so I suggested dinner theater,� Jordan said.

Skits to include dancing, singing Jordan said she came up with the idea for the play while attending a women’s conference and one of the speakers titled her message “Desperate Women of the Bible.� Jordan said the “desperate� women being presented are from previous skits and messages she has developed over the years. There will be dancing, singing and pantomiming accompany-

ing the skits. The performers will include the Anointed Vessels of Praise which is made up of Ricky and Michael Hemphill who are mime artists. Cornelius Johnson and Renee Hester also will be featured in the cast along with Annette Yearby, Kezia Doe and Evangelist Higgins. The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a “Happy Hour� in the form of inspirational music, meeting and greeting others. Frozen tropical drinks will be served. The play and dinner will take place in the church’s fellowship hall, which has a large stage. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. and the play is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Admission for the play and dinner is $15. Tables can be reserved by calling Jordan at 386-299-9781.

Summer Food Service Program under way

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Volusia County’s Human Services Office is sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program for children at 66 sites from June 11 through Aug. 10. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides nutritionally balanced meals regardless of race, color, sex, disability or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 and younger are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in meal service. The programs are approved only for geographical areas where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year. All sites listed under city headings will serve children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in their summer programs. The following sites will participate in the Summer Food Service Program in Daytona Beach. For information on other sites around the county, call 386-254-4648.

Daytona Beach r #PZT  (JSMT $MVC  450 Whitney St. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. r %BZUPOB(BSEFO"QBSUments, 437 Jean St. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 9 to 10 a.m., lunch: 1 to 2 p.m. r %FSCZTIJSF1MBZHSPVOE  849 Derbyshire Road (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 9 to 10 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. r %JDLFSTPO $FOUFS   S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 9 to 10 a.m., lunch: 1 to 2 p.m. r -POHTUSFFU &MFNFOUBry, 2745 S. Peninsula Drive (June 11 through Aug. 3). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. r .BSZ.D-FPE#FUIVOF Center, 740 S. Ridgewood Ave. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30

a.m., lunch: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. r .BTUFST %PNBJO Church of God in Christ, 211 Bay St. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 7 to 8 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. Midtown Cultural and Education Center, 925 George Engram Blvd. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: 1 to 2 p.m. r /PSUIXPPE $PNNVnity Center, 1200 Ninth St. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. r 0SUPOB 1MBZHSPVOE  1206 N. Halifax Ave. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: 1 to 2 p.m. r 1BMN 5FSSBDF &MFNFOtary, 1825 Dunn Ave. (June 11 through Aug. 3). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. r 3FNOBOU *OUFSOBUJPOBM Ministries, 1120-H Beville Road (June 11 through July 31). Breakfast: 8 to 9 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. r 3PTF.BSJF#SZPO$IJMdren’s Center, 625 South St. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. r 4BMWBUJPO "SNZ   LPGA Blvd. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Lunch: 12:15 to 1 p.m. r 8FTUTJEF &MFNFOUBSZ School, 1210 Jimmy Ann Drive (June 18 through July 26). Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m., lunch: noon to 12:30 p.m. r 4QSVDF $SFFL &MFmentary School, 642 Taylor Road (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. r 4VHBS .JMM &MFNFOUBry School, 1101 Charles St. (June 11 through July 6 and Aug. 6 through 10). Breakfast: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., lunch: noon to 1 p.m. r :.$"   $JUZ $FOter Pkwy. (June 11 through Aug. 10). Breakfast: 8 to 9:30 a.m., lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Volusia County’s Human Services Office at 386-254-4648 in Daytona Beach, 386-736-5956 in DeLand, or 386-423-3375 in New Smyrna Beach. Ask for extension 12989 or 12984.



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Obama is not the first ‘Black president’ Professor Fredrick Harris has written in his op ed, “Still Waiting for Our First Black President’’ that “Obama has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy, keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans — off the national agenda.” Michael Nutter the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia replied to Harris in the Huffington Post, “Barack Obama…has fought every single day to improve the livelihood and well-being of the African-American community…We have our first Black President, his name is President Barack Obama.” Here’s the reality that must be clearly understood: Obama is not the first Black president; he’s the first president who is Black.

Black agenda needed A Black president would have come into office with a “Black agenda.” If he were the first Black president he would be using his bully pulpit to champion legislation targeting unemployment in urban areas, poverty, income disparity, and other issues. This in no way should be interpreted to challenge his “Blackness.” It’s about the agenda, not the man. If Obama were the first Black president, the prison at Guantanamo Bay would be closed. He would not have signed the 2012 Defense Authorization Act (DAA) allowing for U.S. citizens to be indefinitely detained. His Black Attorney General would not have made the case to assassinate U.S. citizens abroad without judicial review. If Obama were the first Black president, he would not have supported the assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. A Black president would not want to repeat this history by supporting the DAA, and operating as-


sassination lists.

Happens to be Black President Obama is the first president who is Black and as such operates as a functionary of the United States government. A president who is Black focuses on the so-called “war on terror” and “protecting American interests abroad” with no other historical reference to guide him. Obama’s primary focus has been on broader national policies such as the Child Tax Credit, Small Business Jobs Act, and saving the American auto industry. All of these (and other policies) are policies from which African-Americans have benefitted but do not specifically target the ills impacting the African-American community. This is not to suggest that Professor Harris’ premise is wrong; he’s correct. While campaigning for president, Senator Obama did court the Black community for its vote. He did discuss “racial injustice in front of Black audiences” and he did support “targeted and universal policies to address racial inequality.”

A politician President Obama has changed his focus because as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright so adroitly observed, “he’s a politician.” Nutter is wrong to challenge Harris’ assessment that President Obama has pursued race neutral politics. Obama has, as stated by Harris, “pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy.”

In theory, Nutter is correct when he writes, “Throughout the past three years, President Obama has been focused on building an economy that is built to last. And in spite of the obstacles, the economy is making progress and each month, more and more Americans, and African-Americans are getting back to work.” The reality is that while the unemployment rate for the country is 8.2 percent; the official unemployment rate for African Americans is double that at 16.6 percent. The president’s efforts will not address chronic income disparity or the wealth gap.

Has to be pressured According to Census Bureau, White families made 62 percent more than Black families. White median household net worth was about $90,000, compared to a mere $6,000 for the median Black household. What too many in the Black community refuse to accept is as Harris wrote, “If he won’t do it (support Black interests) on his own, Obama will have to be pressured to act and to keep the few promises he made to Black America in 2008. This is not a failure of Obama; it’s the failure of the community to move from the politics of personality to the politics of policy. Obama’s not the first Black President; he’s the first President who is Black.”

Wilmer Leon is the producer/ host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon,” and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. He can be reached at or by email: wjl3us@ drwleon.

A different view of potholes Each day it grows. I drive around it and think how much it brings to mind what the great valleys of earth must have looked like in the beginning…at least in miniature. The cracks in the road were not particularly noticeable in the beginning, but then the cracks started to widen. When it would rain, I would notice the water accumulating, but I could still drive through it with little fear. And I waited for the hole to be repaired. The hole deepened and widened so that if you hit it, you felt it, forcing you to consider how to avoid it. But hold on, avoiding this hole necessitated navigating around other developing valleys on the street. My car is getting a bit older so I really have to pay attention to these holes, but the way that they are enlarging, so also do folks in their new BMWs. Who’s responsible? And I waited for the hole to be repaired.


expand and deepen. I keep wondering at what point it will be repaired, or whether it will ever be repaired. Or, perhaps they will just throw something into the hole to temporarily patch it the way that you might stitch some clothes so that you can at least wear them one more time. And I keep wondering why someone would curse government for not doing its job while at the same time not stopping to ask why the people who have the money are not paying their fair share so that, among other things, we do not need to say the Lord’s Prayer each time we drive down a street, cross a bridge or drive through a tunnel. Maybe it is just me.

Each day in looking at the hole I found myself thinking about the calculations that the local government makes in deciding when to repair a pothole. With the public sector being strangled by tax restrictions led by anti-government forces on the right-wing, local governments have to figure out if and when they can actually make a repair. I then wonder how many drivers stop and think about the antitax platforms of this or that candidate and the connection between Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior fewer resources for the public sec- Scholar at the Institute for Poltor and the developing great val- icy Studies, the immediate past leys in our streets. president of TransAfrica Forum, and the co-author of Solidarity Rich not paying fair share Divided. He can be reached at So, each day I watch the valley

Save Black Men – get your PSA screening “With the prevalence of prostate cancer disproportionately affecting our men, we must be vigilant to ensure aggressive testing continues for this most vulnerable population.” – Dr. Cedric M. Bright, president of the National Medical Association The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that healthy men should no longer take a routine PSA blood test for prostate cancer because the procedure may lead patients to pursue unnecessary and potentially debilitating treatments for a disease that may never fully develop. We agree that unnecessary medical tests should be avoided, but the evidence for eliminating PSA screenings for prostate cancer, especially for AfricanAmerican men, is inconclusive at best. Instead of abandoning PSA screenings for everyone, we encourage more education for both providers and patients that will allow men to make more informed decisions about the risks and benefits of the test. There are several reasons for our position.

Guidelines endorsed First, while prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among men, we also know that advances in early detection and treatment have result-


Anthony D’Amico, chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that the USPSTF’s recommendation may actually be harmful to high-risk groups, which includes AfricanAmerican men. He said, “I think men at high risk…have the most to lose from not getting PSA tests. They are the ones who get the lethal cancers.” In a letter accompanying the USPSTF recommendation in the May 21 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, D’Amico and other leading prostate cancer experts concluded, “The USPSTF has underestimated the benefits and overestimated the harms of prostate cancer screening. Therefore, we disagree with the USPSTF’s recommendation.” So do we. Since 1922, the National Urban League has been a leading provider of health-related services in the African-American community. We urge African-American men to continue discussing the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening with their doctors. And we support more community-based education and early intervention efforts for low-income and minority patients who face barriers to consistent, quality health care.

ed in a 40 percent decline in prostate deaths in the United States over the past two decades. The National Medical Association (NMA), the nation’s leading advocate for African-American physicians and patients, has stated that PSA screening remains the best method to detect early stage, curable prostate cancers. The group endorses the American Urological Association’s guidelines for early detection, which include initial PSA testing at 40 years and a multi-factorial assessment of risk based on age, ethnicity, and family history. Second, the NMA also points out that the USPSTF made its recommendation based on large clinical studies performed in Europe, Canada and the United States, which included very few AfricanAmerican men. And third, while the USPSTF correctly states that a percentage of men will experience harmful side effects from treatments following the PSA test, the test itself is risk-free. It simply alerts both doctor and patient to the possible Marc Morial is President/CEO of the National Urban League. presence of disease.



Sugary soft drinks are hard on our health There is nothing soft about sugary soft drinks! Yet, with summer coming, many of us will, no doubt, consume more soft drinks than usual to stay cool during the heat. That’s not always the wisest decision. New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has warned us about the negative impact of sugary soft drinks on our health and has withstood a lot of grief for telling us about it and suggesting we drink smaller portions. He didn’t even ask us to give up drinking them altogether! I applaud the mayor for his efforts to make us a healthier nation. I also applaud First Lady Michelle Obama for her efforts to make us healthier through not just recommending that we reduce our consumption of sugary sodas, but by giving attention to the food we eat and encouraging regular exercise. In a recent discussion with Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania who has been involved in numerous national and international public health-related activities, I learned that sugary drinks are one of the biggest contributors to obesity and the resulting high price tag on longterm health.

Drinks lead to obesity Just the health care cost related to obesity (See totals 150 billion dollars per year! An astounding 90 million people are considered obese according to the Centers for Disease Control. Among the sugary drinks contributing to this epidemic of obesity to which Dr. Kumanyika refers are sweetened tea, non-diet carbonated beverages, sports drinks, energy drinks, flavored drinks, sugar sweetened lemonade, fruit punch, powdered fruit drinks and drinks with less than 100% fruit juice. Dr. Nancy Appleton (Read more about her work at www. has done research that tells us there are at least 146 reasons why we should limit sugary drinks—among them: hyperactivity in children that makes it difficult for them to concentrate, suppression of the immune system, risk of having gout, reduction in defense against bacterial infection, premature aging, weakened eyesight, obesity, feeding of cancer, can cause depression, can reduce learning capacity, can cause high blood pressure and headaches; can cause tooth decay, arthritis, asthma, and can contribute to


diabetes and eczema! Do we really need to know the remaining 146 reasons in order to be motivated to watch our sugar intake?

Reduce consumption The American Heart Association does not tell us to give up an occasional sugary drink, but does recommend reducing our consumption. It is reported that we have witnessed a dramatic increase in sugary-drink consumption over the past decade. The problem with sugary drinks (See has become so significant that doctors, nutritionists, government officials, consumer groups, business leaders, insurers, faith-based leaders and others recently held a Sugary Drinks Summit in Washington, DC in an effort to pool their knowledge on what to do about the craze of Americans for sugary drinks that many of us know are detrimental to our health. Their goal was to interact with each other to come up with ways to broaden and strengthen the constituency working to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks and add momentum to a growing public health movement.

Time to end crisis It seems that so many are concerned about our health and are offering ways for us to improve. At the annual awards brunch of the National Congress of Black Women on Sept. 23 of this year, we are bringing women together from all over the country. We have invited Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. Dr. Sandra Nichols, Dr. Sakiliba Mines and Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing to lead a discussion on what we in the African-American community can do to improve our own health. We must end this health crisis brought on in large part by sugary drinks, poor nutrition, stress and inadequate exercise.

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Local graduate makes history through electrical apprenticeship program Power tools and wood are the beautifying agents that make up Tersah Fields. The quest for her desire was not in dressing, but in earning a college degree as part of an electrical apprenticeship. Fields had gone the route of social work as her female relatives. Her mom, Bernadette Reeves, now stays busy as a liturgical dancer, tour guide and dramatist. But the days of wearing suits quickly faded upon Fields’ acceptance in the MidFlorida Electrical Apprenticeship, a four-year degree Tersah program offered Fields by Daytona State

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By Jeroline D. Mccarthy | Daytona Times College. The other component is her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, which she earned prior to arriving in Florida. She desires for other women to know that the Electrical Journeyman Apprenticeship Program exists and has existed since 1977 with 16 firms as affiliates.

She feels that if this “tiny, little girl from New York� can apply herself, then other women are capable of doing the same.

Graduated in May The 39-year-old’s course of study included conduit bending, digging trenches and ditches, installing electrical equipment and devices, and operating construction-related tools. She complet-

ed courses in an Introduction to Electricity, Electrical Theory and Electrical Code. Fields maintains commendations of offering good work. She’s blazed the trail and was conferred with a degree in May at the Ocean Center. She’s the first African-American woman to graduate from the program. The program’s two other female graduates are White and Hispanic. Fields, a single mom of a 6-yearold son, is blessed having overridden the mile marker of a oneyear job layoff during her studies. However, Daytona Beach Commissioner Edith Shelley came to Fields’ rescue and, in fact, attended the cap-and-gown commencement. Fields believes that Shelley was in the Lord’s plan for her to finish school.

Fields is working – the result of a job offer from Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) in her love for wood. The carpenters at B-CU build all furniture for the dorms – the beds, dressers, tables, shelves, and even the closets. rrr As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Happy Birthday to You! Birthday wishes to: My dad, Rufus S. Coaxum, in the Bronx, the Rev. Pat Coley-Ford, Jahmar Dunn, June 15; Danielle Delaney, June 16; and Elaine Koonce, June 19.

Community Calendar To list your event FREE, e-mail us at No phone calls or faxes, please. Events are listed on a space-available basis, and in the sole discretion of the Daytona Times staff. For guaranteed placement, contact Lynnette Garcia,, phone 954-882-2946, for ad rates.

Compiled by the Daytona Times Leaders to meet about SunRail The Volusia County Council will meet with the DeLand City Commission to discuss phase two of the SunRail project, which extends commuter rail service to the DeLand Amtrak station. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. June 15 in the second-floor training room of the Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand. The public is invited to attend the workshop and public participation will be permitted. More information: 386-736-5920. Car seat checkup Safe Kids Volusia/Flagler will be holding a car seat checkup event on June 20 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Halifax Health Medical Center, Atlantic Campus, 400 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. New car seats may be purchased at the event at a discounted cost. Purchased seats must be installed during the event. Free backless booster seats and high back boosters will also be available. They must be installed during the event. More information, please call 386-323-0000. Dance workshop The Angels of Praise Creative Arts will host a seven-week program of “Christian Basics of Expression Dance� along with other workshops. The summer session will run through July 27. More information: 386-898-3366 or

e-mail Food addiction meetings Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) can help those who suffer from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. FA is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weighins at meetings. There is a meeting every Saturday, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road. More information: 386-258-0610 or www. Gospel music meeting The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of Gospel Music Workshop of America will meet June 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings are held the first and third Saturday of each month at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 633 Roy St. Student portfolios on display The Daytona State College Southeast Museum of Photography announces the inaugural UCF Thesis exhibition featuring portfolios of recent work by graduating seniors in the University of Central Florida Photography program. Free admission. Daytona Beach Campus, Hosseini Center, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. More information: 386506-4475.


Sybil Gage, a New Orleans native, resides in Cocoa.

Jazz and blues vocalist Sybil Gage to perform in New Smyrna A performance to include a combination of jazz and blues standards and original compositions by New Orleans native Sybil Gage will be held at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library on June 22 at 7 p.m. The New Smyrna library is located at 1001 South Dixie Freeway. The award-winning singer/songwriter has been compared to Eartha Kitt,

Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Laura Nyro, and Janis Joplin. Her latest CD is “NOLA Calling.� Space Coast Living Magazine named Gage the �Best Musician in Brevard County� in 2008, and she has a devoted and growing international following that labels themselves as “Sybilized.� Gage is the recipient of three ASCAP awards for

Excellence in Performance and Songwriting, 20082010. She has been invited to perform at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival four times and has performed for NBA player Vince Carter, a Daytona Beach native. Gage currently performs at jazz spots in Florida and New York City along with a weekly packed-house performance at Heidi’s Jazz

Club in Cocoa where she has been a resident since 2009. “Sybil Gage is a superstar in our own backyard, bringing us back to a time when jazz and blues reigned,� says Joel Greenblatt, president of the Space Coast Jazz Society. More information about the concert: 386-424-2910. Gage’s website is

Church school convention to give away backpacks to homeless Allen Chapel AME Church will host the 2012 Daytona Beach Church School and Christian Education Convention of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The church is at 580 George W. Engram Blvd. The convention will include 26 churches locat-

ed in Brevard, Marion and Volusia counties. It starts June 21 and ends June 23. In addition to worship services, workshops, and other activities, the group has scheduled a community outreach project, “Backpacks for the Homeless.� On Friday, June 22, the churches will part-

ner with the STAR Family Center, which provides 58 percent of homeless service in Volusia County to give away Backpacks for the Homeless. They will fill up the backpacks with food, water and basic needs that include washcloths, soap, toothpaste/ toothbrushes, deodorant,

socks, small blankets, and other items. The backpacks will be passed out to the homeless at the conclusion of a “Bridge of Hope� hot meal program at 316 North St. For more information about the convention, call the Allen Chapel at 386255-1195.

College to introduce high school grads, others to programs

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Daytona State College’s Showcase Nights will be held from 5 p.m. -7:30 p.m., June 18, 19, 20 and 28. The free sessions are designed especially for recent high school graduates and anyone interested in getting a leg up on new jobs, career advancement and cutting edge academic programs. Visitors can explore wide-ranging options, including health careers – from dental assistant to massage therapist to surgical technician; business paths – from hospitality and culinary arts to office management; creative careers – from cosmetology, learning salon management with top-of-the-line products, to music production and performing arts; hands-on career and technology areas – from machining to HVAC and welding to computer fields; and public service – from teacher to firefighter and officer training to EMT and paramedic preparation. Each evening also features a drawing for a $350 Daytona State College Foundation scholarship.

The schedule and showcase locations are:

pus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Monday, June 18

Wednesday,June 20

Business: Hospitality and culinary arts, management, paralegal and office assistant. (Bldg. 1200) Cosmetology: Tour state-of-theart salon labs with training in topbrand products and salon management. (Bldg. 510) Welding: See welding in action. (Bldg. 510) Location: Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Public Safety: Explore career paths in criminal justice, emergency technology and fire science. Technology: Plug into in-demand careers including engineering, HVAC, machining, automotive technology, cable installation and network and web design. Location: Advanced Technology College, 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach

Tuesday, June 19 Education, Liberal Arts, Sciences: Hear about the teaching profession and where liberal arts can take you; explore photography and environmental and marine sciences. (Bldg. 200) Health careers: Learn about jobs in health care, including massage therapy, nursing and physical therapy. (Bldg. 320) Location: Daytona Beach Cam-

Thursday, June 28 Performing Arts: Tour the stateof-the-art facility featuring the latest in music production technology; hear about drama and dance and stay for a free concert. Location: News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach For more information: 386-5064471, 386-506-4471 or email



ELECTION from Page 1 upcoming race for his seat. “The governor has the choice of appointing or leaving it open until the election,” McFall said.

4 to vie for Daytona mayor The Daytona Beach mayoral race has four residents qualifying – Zone 1 City Commissioner Edith Shelley, former Commissioners Gwen Azama-Edwards and Derrick Henry along with political newcomer Realtor Fred Hoffman. Zone 2 City Commissioner Pam Woods drew no competition. Also drawing no competition were State Rep. Dwayne Taylor and Volusia County Property Appraiser Morgan Gilreath. Also unopposed is Public Defender James Purdy. State Attorney R.J. Larizza will face retired Judge Stacia Warren. Both are Republicans.

Judges races Volusia County Court Judge Bryan A. Feigenbaum

has drawn opposition for his Group 8 seat from attorney Michael McDermott. Volusia County Court Judge Peter F. Marshall (Group 4) announced this year he will retire at the end of his term. Attorneys Steven R. Burk, Dustin M. Havens, Alan Holt, Christopher Kelly and Adam Warren have qualified to run for the Volusia County Group 4 seat.

Primary set for Aug. 14 McFall said residents who want to vote in the Aug. 14 primary must be registered by Monday, July 16 at 5 p.m. She added that those already registered to vote will be receiving new voter cards in the mail by the end of the month. “People can start requesting absentee ballots anytime. Ballots will be mailed out beginning the 45th day before the election – Friday, June 29,” McFall said. Here is a complete list of all the local, county and state candidates Daytona Beach residents will see on their ballot.

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U.S. REPRESENTATIVE District 6 Heather Beaven, D Vipin Verma, D Richard Clark, R Fred Costello, R Ron DeSantis, R Robert Klotzbach, R Billy Kogut, R Craig Miller, R Alec Pueschel, R Bev Slough, R District 7 Sandy Adams, R Jason Kendall, D John Mica, R Nicholas Ruiz, D Fred Marra, WRI

FLORIDA SENATE District 6 John Thrasher, R Kathleen Trued, D District 8 Frank Bruno, D Dorothy Hukill, R District 10 David Simmons, R James Patrick Adamczyk, WRI Leo Cruz, D

FLORIDA HOUSE District 24 Michael Cornish, NPA Doug Courtney, D Milissa Holland, D Travis Hutson, R District 25 Richard Dembinsky, NPA David Hood, R District 26 Dwayne Taylor, D District 27 Dennis Mulder, D David Santiago, R George Trovato, R

VOLUSIA COUNTY Clerk of Court Steven deLaroche, R Diane Matousek, R Christine Sanders, NPA Sheriff Wendell Bradford Ben Johnson Property Appraiser Morgan Gilreath Supervisor of Elections Teresa Apgar Beaulah Blanks Andy Kelly Ann McFall

County Chair Jason Davis Ted Doran Carl Persis

Linda Costello Judy Conte Walter Fordham Charles King

Council District 1 Jeff Allebach Terry Dilligard Missy Kelly Ronnie Mills Pat Patterson

West Volusia Hospital Seat 1 James Reilly

Council District 2 Ken Ali Nancy Epps Josh Wagner

West Volusia Hospital Seat 3 Voloria Manning

Council District 3 Deborah Denys Jim Hathaway Justin Kennedy

Mayor Gwen Azama-Edwards Derrick Henry Fred Hoffmann Edith Shelley

Council District 4 Doug Daniels Shannon McLeish Damien Richards Jay Young Council District 5 Richard Gailey Pat Northey Stony Sixma School Board District 2 Ida Duncan-Wright Al Williams School Board District 4 David Batten

West Volusia Hospital Seat 2 Andy Ferrari


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Baseball’s Gonzalez reflects on road to MLB BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Ryan Gonzalez was the only Bethune-Cookman University baseball player who had his name called during last week’s Major League Baseball draft. Gonzalez was picked in the 21st round with the 648th overall pick by the Colorado Rockies. He was selected on the third and final day of the 40 round draft. “I was very excited. I was happy for myself and for my family. Ryan I got plenGonzalez ty of calls from family members that day. Everyone was really emotional,� Gonzalez said.

Stellar season Gonzalez helped lead the Wildcats to a 34-27 record this season along with their seventh straight MEAC title and NCAA Regional appearance. “This season I just focused on pitching. I wasn’t worried about where I would be drafted. I knew that I had a chance to get drafted,� responded Gonzalez. The 6’4, 210-pound senior right-hander from Aricebo, Puerto Rico, went 9-2 on the mound with a 2.15 ERA. He struck out 82 batters in 92 innings. “I just stayed calm on the mound. I focused on having a smooth release and attacking the lower half of the strike zone. That was the key for me. I also was able to have control,’’ Gonzalez added. “He really came into his own this year. He has a tre-

B-CU ROUNDUP mendous work effort. He did exactly what was asked of him and he provided us with a No. 1 starter all year,� added Jason Beverlin, firstyear B-CU head baseball coach.

Fought through injuries Throughout his Wildcats career, Gonzalez battled nagging injuries but eventually blossomed into an ace hurler thanks to hard work, perseverance and determination. For his career, Gonzalez went 12-8 with a 3.51 ERA, 172 strikeouts and 182.3 innings pitched. In addition, he had three complete games and combined on six shutouts. “I had a great time playing here. My first two years I had minor arm injuries that set me back. I also had to get use to throwing everyday and I had to adjust to college baseball. I was able to overcome some things,� stated Gonzalez.

Competitive program Gonzalez’ selection in this year’s draft makes it six straight years that a Bethune-Cookman player has been drafted. This shows the level of talent coming through the program. “We have a definite track record of getting kids to the next level. We should see it improve in years to come,� said Beverlin. Gonzalez echoed,� Our program is just like the big ones. We focus on hard work and integrity. We don’t get the fan support that we like. We do all that we can to get fans to the game. In the end, we don’t


B-CU’s Kemar Clarke jumps a hurdle during a race this season. Clarke placed 17th at Nationals and garnered All-American honors for the second consecutive year. let it bother us; we just continue to work hard.� Now Gonzalez will work toward pitching in the Majors. He will play for the Grand Junction Rockies in western Colorado, which is a Class A affiliate that plays in the Pioneer League. The season runs 76 games from June through July. “I want to become a big league pitcher. I will work hard with a lot of hunger

and give it my all,� Gonzalez added.

Track and field: Clarke 17th in nation Kemar Clarke (13.87s) finished 17th in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, last week. Clarke also placed 19th nationally last year in the same event.

“It’s an honor to have coached him. He has represented us well throughout his career. He has had consecutive national championship appearances,� commented Donald Cooper, head track and field coach. On Tuesday, Clarke received All-American honors. He garnered 2011-12 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association All-American honorable

mention honors. Clarke also received honorable mention honors following the 2010-11 season. Clarke concludes his collegiate career but will continue to compete in the sport. His career best time in the 110m hurdles is 13.65 seconds. He has qualified for the Jamaican National Olympic Trials, which will take place on June 24 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wade still important, but Heat now James’ team BY AL IANNAZZONE NEWSDAY (MCT)

Darrell Wallace Jr. is breaking barriers in racing. He came through NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.

Young NASCAR driver motivated to succeed BY LELAND STEIN III SPECIAL TO THE NNPA

An African-American male is breaking barriers in one of the most segregated sports – NASCAR. The young Black driver is Darrell Wallace Jr. He said he’s gotten a lot of support from the racing community, but he’s also had to deal with some prejudice. Wallace, 18, said that some of his competitors in years past have resented him, assuming he only got his position because he was Black. Wallace said he’s also had racial slurs and taunts thrown his way from the grandstands. But that type of criticism serves as motivation for him.

Wendell Scott his role model He has reached out to the family of Wendell Scott (documented in the Richard Pryor movie “Greased Lightning�), a NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee and the only African-American to win a race in NASCAR’s

top series. “My goal is to look back at what Wendell Scott has done. Hearing all the stuff that he went through is definitely a lot different than what I go through now,� Wallace said. “I’m just trying to carry his torch further than he did and do it in the right way.� For now, Gibbs Racing plans to have Wallace run the No. 20 Toyota in four nationwide races this season, including a return trip to Iowa in August and dates in Dover and Richmond. “Right now, I’m just like, ‘OK, cool,’ you know? I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I don’t even know if it will. It takes a lot, and I mean a lot, to get me pumped up. But I mean, this is big,� Wallace said. “The mood I’m in right now is like ready to go. Just kind of ready to see what we’ve got.�

Golden opportunity In a sport that’s been almost the exclusive domain of White male drivers, it’s impossible to overlook Wallace. He’s one of the most promising Afri-

can-American drivers to come along in decades and arguably the best talent to come through NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which was started eight years ago to give women and minorities a better chance of landing a NASCAR seat. However, not to the surprise of those that know Joe Gibbs, the former Washington Redskins Super Bowl winning head coach, he has always been an inclusive person and after retiring and taking on NASCAR, the spirit of the man has not altered. Thus Wallace finds himself with a golden opportunity. “It’s different,� Wallace told reporters. “I get looked at a lot more and talked about a lot more, but it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s actually cool. I mean, some people see it as, this is given to me because of skin color. But others that have raced with me and have known me for a while have seen that I have the talent and skill, and what it takes to run in this series.�

Signed in 2009 There’s little doubt that Wallace has earned his shot in the Nationwide Series by what he’s done on the track. Wallace grew up in Concord. N.C., just outside of Charlotte, where he got the nickname “Bubba� from his sister. He started running go-karts when he was nine at the urging of his father, and in 2005 jumped to bandolero cars, winning 35 of the 48 races he ran. He won 11 races in 38 starts in a Legends car circuit a year later and was in late models by 2007. Wallace signed with Gibbs Racing in 2009. “It’s not just all of a sudden,� Gibbs said. “Everything he’s done, he’s done it well. When you kind of do it as a younger kid, it usually kind of paves the way for a pretty good career. To have someone that’s really good and is African-American, it will be real valuable for the sport.�

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Dwyane Wade feels most comfortable with the ball in his hands, being able to make plays for the Heat. He still relishes doing that, but he’s had to give up some of that and much more to LeBron James. Wade remains hugely important to Miami, but the Heat is James’ team now. Before the Heat and Thunder played Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Wade, who led Miami to the 2006 championship, acknowledged it was difficult to defer to James but the best thing for the team. “It’s not an easy decision to make, one of the toughest decisions I had to make,� Wade said Tuesday afternoon. “(I did) a lot of thinking, just tried to think of where this organization wants to go, where I want to go as a player, what I’ve done already and what’s important to me. It boiled down to what’s important to me is winning and what’s the best chance of us winning?� Wade actually credited Shaquille O’Neal with an assist in this decision. O’Neal was traded to the Heat in 2004 and was a force inside still, but he ultimately took a backseat to Wade, who was in his third season when Miami won its only title.

‘Ups and downs’ Wade averaged 22.1 points during the regular season, his lowest output since his rookie year. It was apparent during the season – in which Wade missed 17 games – that the Heat was shifting toward James, who won his third MVP. But it’s been most apparent in the playoffs


Blood runs down Dwyane Wade’s face as he heads to the bench with LeBron James after getting fouled during Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. where James has dominated the ball and the games on most nights, leading the Heat to its second straight Finals appearance. Wade, who has a lingering left knee injury, has had to pick his spots to make an impact for Miami. Wade averaged 22.9 points on 47 percent shooting in the first three rounds, but in his own words he he’s had “ups and downs.�

Adjusting to new role He’s gotten off to slow starts and then come to life in the second halves of games. But Wade said too much was made about how quiet he was in the first half of Game 6 against Boston when James scored 30 of his 45 points. Wade is adjusting to his new role. But he knows at times he’ll still get the ball with the game on the line – and he wants to be in that position. “I’ve done it and I know I can do it,� Wade said. “It’s changing a mentality. You go back and forth a lot. I’m giving up a lot. There are times I still have to come through. I still know how important I am to this team. That’s all that matters to me.’’


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