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East Central Florida’s Black Voice JANUARY 12 - JANUARY 18, 2017

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Pastors leading the way for local MLK tributes Bryant to speak at B-CU; other ministers will preach, teach at weekend events BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Dr. Jamal Bryant is a Marylandbased pastor known nationally for his fight against discrimination, police brutality, mass in-

carceration and other issues impacting African-Americans. On April 27, 2015, he delivered the eulogy of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19, 2015 from severe neck injuries sustained while in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests throughout the city – some which were coordinated by Bryant. Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church of Baltimore and a host of Fox TV’s

“The Preachers,” will be the keynote speaker on Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awards Celebration titled “The Fierce Urgency of Now’’ at Bethune-Cookman University’s Performing Arts Center. He also is a former NAACP branch president. “Dr. Bryant is such a renowned speaker. We thought that he would be the right perSee MLK, Page 2


Dr. Jamal Bryant addresses protesters who marched to the Western District of the Baltimore Police on April 24, 2015, protesting the death of Freddie Gray after he was taken into police custody.

‘Our kids need each and every one of you’

Bishop and historian to participate in book festival BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF


Dr. Jerry Picott, the new principal of Campbell Middle School, greets residents at his community meeting.

Campbell Middle’s new principal hosts meet and greet with parents, community about his plans to improve scores at the school. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES


r. Jerry Picott has big plans for Campbell Middle School and he’s wasting no time moving them for-

ward. On Jan. 5, the new principal reached out to the community during a meet and greet in the school’s media center. The meeting was attended by parents, current and past educators, leaders of businesses and organizations, as well as local clergy. His goal is to improve academics and raise the school’s low test scores. Picott spoke with passion as he addressed the audience. “I take full responsibility for the end result. I expect for everything to work out. I am going to do all that I can. I ask for your support,” he said. “We want to provide a learning community that provides the utmost help, support and respect for our faculty, staff, students, business partners, parents and community. This is a community thing… our kids need each and every one of you.”

‘Excited and motivated’ Donafa Jenkins, whose daughter attends the school, felt more positive after attending the meeting. “I think it’s the best thing that could have been done. Now we know what is expected. As a concerned parent with a 13-year-old child here, I am glad that there is a parent component. There are a

A local bishop and the first-ever diarist to a president are two of the authors participating in this weekend’s F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center. Bishop Derek Triplett, retired founding pastor of Hope Fellowship Church, will be one of the 40 authors participating in this weekend’s book festival. Triplett is CEO of Relate Coaching and Consulting, LLC. He’s also the host of “Making Changes” with Derek Triplett, a Derek radio broadcast Triplett which airs weekly on several stations. In addition, he is the founder of Getting All Males Equipped (G.A.M.E.), a male mentoring and development initiative which presents forums in Daytona Beach to help shape the minds of urban males so they may learn to make good decisions, change negative behavior patterns and build proper standards for effective living. Triplett’s latest book is “Walk With Me – Daily Wisdom from the Sharp Mind (and Sometimes Tongue) of Derek Triplett.’’ In June 25, he released “When I Became A Man: A Perspective on Manhood, Life and Relationships.’’

Weekend of workshops

Susan Freeman, area superintendent for Volusia County Schools, addresses the crowd. lot of parents with kids at this school that are involved. I’m with him all the way,” she told the Daytona Times. Terri Williams-Lamar remarked, “I am excited and motivated. This is what the school needed. The students need to know that the faculty, staff and community cares. The students will be held accountable. In the past, maybe they just were letting kids just get by. These kids have way more potential. Dr. Picott will try to tap into that potential.’’

Plenty of support The school’s staff and faculty support also was given a vote of confidence by

their new boss. “We have some of the finest educators in the state of the Florida here. We don’t hope that things work out. We expect things to work out. We will not compromise this school’s success,” said Picott. Former educators attending included former Campbell Middle Principal Vickie Presley and former Turie T. Small Principal Betty Powers, who both improved those schools in the past. “Both these ladies were outstanding principals. They took the same schools and took them from failing schools to ‘A’ schools. It can be done. I stand upon the See SCHOOL, Page 2

Janis Kearney, former AfricanAmerican diarist to President Bill Clinton, will be presenting a workshop on Saturday titled “Mahalia: The Girl Who Would Be Queen’’ during the book festival. Janis In her role as Kearney a diarist, Kearney kept a daily diary of Clinton’s days, attending meetings, events and press conferences to create a living history. The presidential historian also is the founder of Writing our World Publishing. Along with Kearney, other workshops will be led by Pastor Johnny Gaddy, a survivor of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna titled “They Told Me Not to Tell;’’ and Melanie Bonita, who will lead “Book Marketing Made EZ.’’ See FESTIVAL, Page 2





JANUARY 12 – JANUARY 18, 2017

Anniversary wraps up Sunday at Emmanuel Church Emmanuel Church of the Living God is observing its church and pastor’s anniversary this week. Elder Anthony M. Graham is celebrating his ninth year of pastoral leadership at the church and 21 years in preaching ministry. The church is observing its 28th year. On Sunday, Jan. 15, the anniversa-


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The Rev. Kennedy Jacobs was one of the attendees at the Jan. 5 meeting held in the media center.

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shoulders of others who have done it before me,” said Picott. Picott worked with both Presley and former Campbell principal, the late Dr. Earl McCrary. “I don’t have to bring in everything new. I can take from some of the things that they have done in the past,” Picott explained.

Picott’s plan His plan calls for giving kids more time by bringing back an old feature in the master schedule, which involves a 30-minute Spartan lab time. This is designed to identify students who need additional help with state standards. On Monday Picott met with the Florida Education officials to outline his plan. It also gives students time to remediate needed lessons with interventions and accommodations for academic success.

Online curriculum The plan also calls for additional online curriculum aligned with state standards. This gives the students the ability to accelerate and redo lessons more quickly, which allows more remediation in less time. Students will know exactly what is needed to be remediated by written prescriptions provided by their teachers. Bethune-Cookman University has pledged $5,000 worth of support. Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry has a $5,000 initiative for academic achievement toward graduation requirements.

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Meet and Greet The book festival kicked off on Jan. 12 and continues through Jan. 14. “We always hold the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival on the second weekend of January. It just so happens that this year it falls on MLK weekend. What a great way to honor Dr. King and his legacy. Dr. King was big on literacy,” director Donna Banks-Gray told the Daytona Times in interview earlier this month. The book festival began Thursday night with a film festival at Bethune-Cookman University. The event featured the films of author and filmmaker Booker T. Mattison. The annual Author Meet and Greet will be at the Midtown Cultural & Educational Center at 925 George W. Engram Blvd. on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Limited tickets will be sold at the door. They can be purchased through PayPal at Freshbookfestivals@ The price covers an evening that includes dinner and music by Amy Alysia and the Soul Operation Band. Poet Devery Broox II also will perform. Friday’s event will include book signings and the sale of books by participating authors.

New State Rep. Patrick Henry, left, was among those supporting the principal at Campbell Middle on Jan. 5.

Help for all kids During the meet and greet, Picott answered questions and solicited suggestions. Picott plans to motivate, encourage and inspire students, increase remediation, intervention and accommodations for struggling students. “I want all the kids to improve – not just handpick certain kids. We want all our kids to improve. I didn’t compromise their learning either. They are all of our kids and they all deserve a quality education,” Picott added. City leaders who attended the meet and greet included Commissioner Paula Reed and the new Police Chief Craig Capri. State Rep. Patrick Henry was in attendance as well as representatives from the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, Halifax Health and other agencies.

Saturday’s schedule Saturday’s festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased through PayPal at The schedule will include a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in the multipurpose room by VITAS Healthcare titled “Know What Medication You Are Taking and Its Side Effects.’’ Seniors are encouraged to take their medications if they have questions about how often they should be taken or if they have concerns about side effects. A noon workshop will

be facilitated by Dr. Evelyn Bethune titled “Preparation for Publishing and Submission of Your Masterpiece.’’ On Saturday afternoon, there will be presentations starting at 2 p.m. by au212243A01 thors Brenda Jackson, Harold Michael Harvey as well as Mattison.

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The Community is invited to attend the Annual Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 16, 2017 at Palm Coast United Methodist Church 5200 Belle Terre Pkwy at 11:00 a.m. This Ecumenical service will consist of a diverse group of participants and audience, not only in age, but also in color, culture and heritage. The speaker will be Dr. Earl Johnson, principal of Matanzas High School. He is the first African American High School principal and most recently, Flagler County’s Principal of the Year (2017). If further information is needed, please call 386-445-1600.

son to come and speak with the theme that we adopted this year,” said the Rev. Nathan Mugala, president of the MLK Daytona Beach Scholarship Committee. The committee is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that organized the event.

Legacy Awards and scholarships Mugala, who also is pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, emphasized, “We have to come together to keep Dr. King’s dream alive. We must come together to remind our younger generation where we come from, where we are and where we are going.” The event begins at 4:30 p.m. for V.I.P. with tickets at $50 and 5:30 p.m. for general admission with tickets at $35. This year’s Legacy Awards winners will be Attorney Joan Anthony, Social Justice; Dr. Andrea Thorpe of Keech Street Clinic; Health; and School Board Member Dr. Ida Duncan-Wright, Education. Six local high school students will receive college scholarships.

Breakfast and march Other local observances to pay tribute to King will include a breakfast and march on Monday hosted by the Daytona Beach’s Black Clergy Alliance. The prayer breakfast will take place at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, located at 580 George W. Engram Blvd., beginning at 7:30 a.m. The march will start at 9 a.m. with the route going from the church west on George W. Engram Boulevard, south on Garden

ry celebration will conclude with a 3:30 p.m. service. Bishop-elect Carolyn H. Glenn and True Vision in Christ Church of the Living God will be the guests. Emmanuel Church of Elder Anthony the Living God is locatGraham ed at 54 S. Ridgewood Ave., Ormond Beach. For more information, call 386-6737651.

Street, then east on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, then east to Warner Street and back to the church. A worship service at Allen Chapel begins at 10 a.m. with Dr. Larry Mills, senior pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando delivering the message. Mugala would like to see more young people attend the MLK observances. “Since I’ve been here since 2007, it has grown, but I am disappointed that we haven’t attracted the young Black people to the celebration. Overall, it has grown, we’ve done some things,” added Mugala.

Multi-faith service Master’s Domain Church of God in Christ, at 511 Freemont Ave., Daytona Beach, will host a multifaith celebration on Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Black Clergy Alliance Speakers will include the Rev. Jeffrey Dove of Allen Chapel A.M.E., New Smyrna Beach; Imam Bilal of the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach; Father Phil Egitto of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church; Bishop Kim Holt, Raising Up Nations World Ministries; the Rev. Lenorris Dixon of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Pastor Nathaniel Anderson of Tubman-King Community Church; and Bishop William Lee of Daytona Deliverance Church of God. “We are really excited about having this many spiritual leaders, pastors, congregations and other faiths come together. This combined service with the Muslim community and other faiths show how the Black Clergy Alliance strives to bridge the gap in our community,” noted the Rev. Derrick Harris, pastor of Master’s Domain. He also is the president of the Black Clergy Alliance.

Principal to speak in Palm Coast On Jan. 16, United Methodist Baptist Church of Palm Coast will honor the life and legacy of MLK. The church is located at 5200 Belle Terre Parkway. Dr. Earl Johnson, principal of Matanzas High School, will be the keynote speaker. Johnson’s education career in the Volusia County school system began in 1989. He has been a math teacher and assistant principal. He also was a longtime assistant football coach and track coach at Seabreeze High School in Daytona. The New York City Transit Retirees of Palm Coast Chapter 2 is sponsoring the event. For further details, contact Thea Smith at 386-4464657.

Cusack to address New Smyrna crowd An MLK banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Alonzo “Babe’’ James Community Center, 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack will be the guest speaker. Cusack also is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives. The banquet will be presented by Allen Chapel AME Church of New Smyrna Beach, where the Rev. Jeffrey Dove is the pastor. “I hold Joyce Cusack in high regard as well as many other people. She is a staunch supporter of the people of New Smyrna Beach and Allen Chapel. It’s an honor to have her. I believe that New Smyrna is a special place. Regardless of racial divide and political divide we always come together,” Dove said. Tickets are $25, which includes dinner. Call 386428-2901 for tickets.

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AAUW-Flagler will present social with focus on membership The American Association of University Women (AAUW)- Flagler Branch has announced its annual membership gathering of Jan. 26, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Hammock Wine & Cheese Garden, 5368 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. Over a glass of wine, some crackers with cheese, a host of members will share why they are proud to be AAUW members. So bring your friends, neighbors, relatives, or anyone you think might be interested in joining. For over three decades, AAUW has helped both women and girls in Flagler County break through barriers with a host of scholarship opportunities. Students of all ages getting ready to enter college, or those already attending, are encouraged to apply for the scholarships as a way to assist with continuing education requirements. Details about the scholarship programs may be found at the website: AAUW-Flagler. The deadline for college and graduate students is Feb. 10. “American Association of University Women, in existence since 1881, promotes equity for girls and women as a result of advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research,” said AAUW-Flagler President Kimble Medley.

Scholarships, service In February 1984, 12 pioneering Flagler County women recognized the need for such a determined organization. They actively supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for women and girls. “In 2013, AAUW-Flagler proudly sponsored six eighth-grade girls from Flagler County for the inaugural AAUW-Florida Tech Trek camp at the University of Central Florida in Orlando,” Medley shared. “These future scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians live on campus, participate in hands-on workshops


and field trips, and end their weeklong experience with a professional women’s night. “Last year, AAUW-Flagler added an ‘A’ to S.T.E.M. and awarded its first arts scholarship. Each year, scholarships are presented to local high school students, undergraduate, and graduate students,” said Medley. Moreover, AAUW-Flagler prepares women for leadership, offering a chance to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) – an opportunity for young women to network with other young women from across the country – and attend leadership workshops, and glean words of wisdom from a Women of Distinction panel at the University of Maryland. AAUW-Flagler hosts regular meetings, features guest speakers, collects items for area schools, takes the time to learn from one another through activities like Reading Women, Walking Women, Scholarship Yard Sales, Wine Glass Painting, and Just for Fun outings. They have an obligation to pass on knowledge to the next generation of women and prepare them for knowledge yet to be discovered. And so,  AAUW-Flagler invites you to attend the annual membership gathering and be the difference in a young girl’s or woman’s life. For further details, call 316-2088866.

Seeking career change? Consider Coast Guard

Palm Coaster Mattie DeVore

Kimble Medley

Mattie DeVore

pinpointed a different approach to seeking a career change: It’s vital for the Coast Guard to have talented, multicultural leaders who can interact with diverse groups of people and execute challenging missions. The U.S. Coast Guard travel the waterways of the world saving lives, defending our country, and protecting the environment. Your career begins the day you enter the program to receive training and benefits that meet or exceed the best organizations in the world. After graduation and successful completion of Officer Candidate School, you will become an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and be accepted to an approved college, or university, as a sophomore or junior in a four-year undergraduate program. If you are not currently attending an approved college, or university, the Coast Guard can assist with your relocation. If you think you have what it takes, and think you are a good fit, log on at

Housing improvement workshop scheduled

The City of Palm Coast will hold a workshop on housing rehabilitation opportunities for qualified individuals who want to repair and upgrade their homes as part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program. The workshop, scheduled for

Ralph Lightfoot

1:30 p.m., Jan. 20, will provide information on how the public can qualify for this program. The presentation will be held in the Community Wing of the new Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast. 
Beginning Jan. 23, applicants can apply for the program. The application window will be for 30 calendar days.
 The workshop will be an excellent opportunity for single family homeowners to learn about how to apply for these funds. To qualify, residents must be homeowners, and the home must be their primary residence. The owner must not be delinquent in his/her mortgage payment and must meet income guidelines. For example, a family of four must make less than $43,200 in order to qualify, and a single individual must earn less than $30,250 to qualify. 
For more information, call Cindi Lane, Palm Coast communications and marketing manager, at 386-986-3708.

Family Life Center to host golf tourney

Here’s a message from Ralph Lightfoot: It’s time for the Family Life Center to host its annual golf tournament. The Family Life Center, Flagler’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence, is conducting the 24th annual fundraising golf tournament, and I am proud to be a member of this year’s tournament committee.

Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover It will be held Jan. 30 at the beautiful Grand Haven Golf Club, 3525 Colbert Lane, Palm Coast. Registration will begin 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The cost to enter is $85. Please consider participating by entering a foursome, or if you prefer to enter as an individual, we will place you with a team. If you are not a golfer, please consider sponsoring a golf hole for $50. Your donation is tax deductible. Please visit the website: www. and click news/events. Click the “tournament,” and you will see the details. 

MLK celebration at First Church

Discover how God uses change agents like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
 There’s special music, and the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover will preach at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the Jan. 15 celebration at First Church. Persons of diverse ethnicities are invited to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy. 
First Church, at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, can be contacted at 386-446-5759. 
••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations Birthday wishes to Gladys Carr, Thea Smith, Jan. 17; and Donald Jones, Jan. 18.



JANUARY 12 – JANUARY 18, 2017

Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, began on Jan. 10. The rush and insistence on only two days of hearings reflect Republican efforts to cram the nomination through before Americans understand what is at stake. Sessions will present himself as a humble, genial and reasonable public servant. Sessions is actually an outlier, an unimaginable nominee as attorney general, an implacable opponent of the very rights and liberties that the attorney general is supposed to defend. As more than 200 civil rights, human rights and women’s groups noted in a unified statement: “Sen. Sessions has a 30-year record of racial insensitivity, bias against immigrants, disregard for the rule of law and hostility to the protection of civil rights that makes him unfit to serve as the attorney general of the United States.” Three decades ago, a Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Sessions to a federal judgeship due to his repeated racially biased remarks, his intemperate dismissal of the ACLU and the NAACP as “un-American,” and his open opposition to the Voting Rights Act, which he scorned as “intrusive.” Republicans agreed that no person with such extreme views should adjudicate the laws that he clearly disdained.


Now Donald Trump and Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley, R-Iowa, are intent on putting Sessions in charge of enforcing those very laws. The attorney general of the United States is a powerful position. The person who holds this office has immense discretion in determining the cases the office chooses to prosecute and which it does not. The attorney general heads several agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the immigration courts. There is no question that Sessions would put fundamental rights at risk as attorney general. • Voting rights: Since the gang of five right-wing justices on the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, states across the country have passed various impediments to voting, with disproportionate effect on people of color, the poor and the young. Under President Obama, the Justice Department has consistently defended the right to vote. Sessions believes these voting changes, primarily in the South, were not intended to hurt minorities, despite numerous court decisions knocking down the laws for that

White women can’t speak for me “Ain’t I a woman?” railed Sojourner Truth. “I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman! I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well. And ain’t I a woman? I’ve borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?” The similarities and differences between Black and White women are captured in Sojourner Truth’s famous December 1851 speech. She movingly talks about the men who say women should be “helped into carriages, and moved over ditches, and have the best place everywhere,” while “nobody ever helps me into carriages or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place.”


Both Black and White women cry a mother’s grief for the loss of a child, and both endure labor pains. Black women’s lives, while similar, are different and often disadvantaged because they lack the privilege that White women so easily take for granted and often fail to notice or remedy. Thus, it did not surprise me that a White woman in Hawaii called for a “Million Women’s March” on Washington on the day after the presidential inauguration. And it did not surprise me when White women took up the

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB Millions of consumers who were duped into paying fees for their own credit scores will soon receive more than $17.6 million, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Affected consumers can expect to receive notification letters in the mail. TransUnion and Equifax, two of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, sold credit scores, credit reports and credit monitoring services to consumers even though the “credit scores” sold were not typically used by lenders to make credit decisions. As a result, what consumers paid to these two firms was of questionable value. As credit scores are often cited as the basis for many consumers of color to either be denied access to credit or be charged higher than average interest rates, it is


likely that many will also be eligible for restitution. TransUnion must now provide restitution of $13.9 million to affected consumers, while Equifax’s cost of restitution is $3.8 million. Assessed fines on the violations will add additional costs of $3 million to TransUnion and $2.5 million for Equifax. “TransUnion and Equifax deceived consumers about the usefulness of the credit scores they marketed, and lured consumers into expensive recurring payments with false promises,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.


very reason. He embraces the Jim Crow doctrine of “states’ rights,” and he will no doubt weaken federal enforcement of voting rights. • Women’s rights: Sessions has consistently opposed every measure designed to enforce equal rights for women. He refused to condemn Trump’s remarks about grabbing a woman by the genitals, saying he wasn’t certain that constituted sexual assault. He voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, voted to block increased protections for females in the military from sexual assaults and has consistently voted against access to reproductive health services, even opposing funding to combat violence against women. He voted against equal pay for women, against paycheck fairness and against raising the minimum wage, which benefits women the most. • LGBT rights: Sessions has consistently voted against equal rights for gays and lesbians. He opposed amending the Hate Crimes Prevention Act to include violence based on bias against gender, sexual orientation and disability. He voted for the constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. • Immigrant rights: Sessions has opposed immigration reforms, supports mass deportation of undocumented workers, and embraces Trump’s proposal to build a wall across the Mexi-

can border. While many Republicans disavowed Trump’s outrageous proposal to ban all immigration of Muslims, Sessions said he was open to the idea. • Drug reform: More than 60 percent of Americans now live in states where medical or recreational use of marijuana is legal. Sessions, an advocate of state’s rights when it comes to civil and voting rights, favors a federal crackdown on drugs. Under Sessions, the war on drugs will be escalated, and probably tied to the war on immigrants, with drug laws used to search and harass immigrants, looking for the undocumented who could be deported for violating drug laws. Over the last 50 years, America has made progress toward equal protection under the law. The civil rights laws, the Voting

Rights Act, equal protections for women, for gays and lesbians, the first steps toward police and sentencing reform are central to that progress. All Americans have benefited. The country is far stronger as a result. Yet these are the very laws and rights that Sessions rejects. As attorney general, Sessions will drive this country apart, exacerbate racial tensions, trample basic rights and endanger the public belief in the rule of law. Senators in both parties should make it clear that this country has no desire to turn its back on five decades of progress.

call. Too bad these same White women did not advocate more forcefully against the man who won the Electoral College vote for the presidency. My first inclination was to ignore this women’s march. The organizers have repeatedly struck me as tone-deaf and indifferent to the diverse needs of women. But when I talked to Tamika Mallory, the dynamic young woman activist who was once executive director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, I shifted my perspective. Tamika shared that, just a few days after the initial call to March was issued, organizers reached out to her asking for help. She said they said they “needed to ensure that women of color were involved.” Now, there are four co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, including Tamika; Latina activist Carmen Perez, White female entrepreneur Bob Bland; and Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour. Tens of thousands of women from all over the country are expected, with more than 100,000

saying they plan to be there. But many African-American women have looked askance, perhaps with distaste from the cultural appropriation of the initial organizing descriptive, “Million Women’s March.” Perhaps it’s because we recoil from the strong support White women gave the president-elect, choosing race loyalty over gender, class, or personal interest. I applaud Tamika Mallory. She told me, “I was not willing to let this convening come together without having Black women involved.” In other words, White women cannot speak for all women. If White women had their way, the March and rally would probably focus only on equal pay and reproductive rights. Thanks to Tamika and her colleagues, a statement of principles will also address racial justice, police brutality, criminal justice reform and mass incarceration. Because some women have drawn a line in the sand and insisted on space for Black women in this March, they deserve

support. They remind me of the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., who in 1913 elbowed their way into the Women’s Suffrage March when their involvement was unwelcome. They reminded the Women’s Suffrage Association that Black women were also women, and we would not be excluded. Now, strong, brave, Black women aren’t willing to sit on the sidelines. The march is to remind all watching that “women’s rights are human rights.” Black women’s rights will be considered in this gathering because some Black women dared place themselves in an uncomfortable space (working with privileged White women is never easy) to make a difference. Information on the women’s march is available from https://

“Credit scores are central to a consumer’s financial life and people deserve honest and accurate information about them.” Both TransUnion and Equifax are charged with violations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act from 2011 to 2014 and included deceiving consumers about the value of the credit scores they sold. In its advertising, Equifax falsely claimed that credit scores and credit-related products were free. In the case of TransUnion, the cost was promised to be only $1. What neither made clear to consumers was that unless the ‘service’ was cancelled during its 30-day trial period, consumers would be charged a recurring fee – usually $16 or more per month. Additionally, Equifax violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act which requires a credit reporting agency to provide a free credit report once every 12 months and to operate a central source – – where consumers can get their report. Un-

til January 2014, consumers getting their report through Equifax first had to view Equifax advertisements – another illegal act. By law, such advertising is allowed after consumers receive their report. Beyond the costs of restitution and fines, CFPB will now hold Equifax and TransUnion accountable for changes in the way they operate. From clearly informing consumers about the nature of the scores they are selling to consumers; to providing simple, easy to understand information on how to cancel the purchase of any credit-related product, and ending billing and collection payments for any recurring charge once a consumer cancels the service. The two final enforcement requirements are probably the most important of all. Before enrolling a consumer in any credit-related product with a negative option feature, TransUnion and Equifax must obtain the consumer’s consent, and truthfully represent the value or

usefulness of products sold. “We applaud the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for taking strong and vigorous actions against TransUnion and Equifax to protect the interests of American consumers,” said National Consumer Law Center staff attorney Chi Wu. “In addition to obtaining tens of millions of dollars in relief for consumers, this consent order will protect consumers from being ripped off in the future over deceptive credit monitoring products and sales practices.” For more information on credit scores, visit CFPB’s web at: http://www.consumerfinance. gov/about-us/blog/what-youneed-know-understanding-whyoffers-your-credit-score- are-notall-same/.


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who don’t use the doctor or hospital very much. What could change: Republicans are smart enough not to say they’re going to take this away. But some of their proposals let insurers make sick people pay more. The GOP also wants to slash requirements that insurers offer a basic set of benefits, which could mean people buy health plans that don’t cover some vital services, such as substance abuse treatment. Trump could use his executive power to roll back some of these rules soon after inauguration. But scaling back this guarantee would likely require some help from Democrats. That could be tough.

Insurance marketplaces


President Barack Obama participates in a town hall event on affordable health insurance, with moderator Jose Diaz Balart (center) and television host Enrique Acevedo (left), at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on March 6, 2014. Obama discussed how the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,’’ affects Latinos.

7 things you need to know about future of Obamacare BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — You’ve seen the headlines and you’ve heard the slogans: Obamacare is on the chopping block and Presidentelect Donald Trump is going to replace it with “something terrific.”

But what are the new president and Congress really going to do? How much of the current law will really go away? And what could “Trumpcare” look like? In case it’s been a while since you read about the Affordable Care Act and the GOP replacement

plans, here’s a refresher on the biggest Obamacare issues.

Insurance mandates The current law: This one has been hard to miss. Obamacare, for the first time, required Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.




What’s at issue: Nobody likes being told what to do. The penalty is supposed to discourage people from waiting until they are sick to get health insurance. This keeps premiums in check by helping insurers get a good mix of sick and healthy consumers. But this is the most unpopular part of Obamacare. What could change: The mandate is almost certainly on the way out. Republicans have made it the top target in their repeal plans. Less clear is what the GOP will put in place. Even Republican lawmakers acknowledge that insurance markets will not work unless there is some penalty for not signing up for coverage. One idea they have talked about is allowing insurers to charge consumers much more for premiums if they go on and off health insurance.

Guaranteed coverage


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The current law: Critics don’t like to admit it, but this part of Obamacare really was revolutionary. The guarantee allows Americans to get health insurance even if they’re sick. That put an end to insurers denying coverage to people who had pre-existing medical conditions. What’s at issue: What’s not to like about a guarantee? The rub is that it has made health insurance more expensive. Sick people typically have higher medical expenses. Because insurers spread costs among all customers, that makes premiums higher for people

Speech therapy for Parkinson’s update scheduled Royleen Barton will provide an update on speech therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach. Barton is a speech and language pathologist with Florida Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation. Reservations are required; call 386-676-6375 by noon Jan. 23. The program is co-sponsored by the Parkinson Association of Greater Dayto-

The current law: Buying health insurance was supposed to be like shopping online for a hotel room. The Obamacare marketplaces, such as, allow people who don’t get health benefits at work to compare plans. And low- and moderateincome consumers get federal subsidies to help pay their monthly insurance premiums. What’s at issue: It’s been a rough ride for these marketplaces. Though subsidies helped many people find plans they could afford, some Americans who earn too much to qualify for aid have seen their premiums skyrocket as insurers struggled to adapt to the new marketplaces. That created a lot of angry customers in some parts of the country. What could change: Unclear. Republicans are gunning for the marketplaces. Their repeal plans call for eliminating the subsidies. And they’ve said they want to scrap the rules that require health plans to include basic benefits. But major patient groups are warning that millions of sick people could be left without protections, which could make it hard for Republicans to follow through.

Medicaid expansion The current law: For decades, being poor in America meant not having health insurance. Obamacare tried to change that by offering states billions of dollars to expand Medicaid, the government health plan for the poor. That has helped millions of low-income Americans get health coverage over the last several years. What’s at issue: Free federal money wasn’t enticing for all states. To date, 19 states, all with Republican governors or legislatures, have rejected Medicaid expansion, saying Obamacare imposes too many rules. What could change: Also unclear. GOP repeal plans include rolling back the Medicaid expansion and slashing federal aid to states. And Trump has promised to let states redesign their programs, which might mean some start limiting benefits or requiring poor patients to pay more for their health coverage. But many Republican governors have expanded Medicaid, making it more

na Beach and the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

Free Alzheimer’s/ dementia class in DeLand The basics of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia is a free class offered Feb. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Villa of DeLand, 350 E. International Speedway, DeLand. This course will cover the basics of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other forms of dementia. Attendees will learn about the effect Alzheimer’s disease has on different parts of the

difficult for Republicans in Washington to cut federal funding. Look for states to get more flexibility soon, though.

Medicare The current law: This sacred cow was largely left out of Obamacare. The law made relatively minor changes to the popular health plan for the elderly and disabled, though it did expand coverage of prescription drugs. That’s been popular with seniors. What’s at issue: Not much, right now. But many Republicans, including Trump’s pick to be health secretary, Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, have long dreamed of overhauling Medicare and changing it into a voucher program that gives seniors a set amount of money to shop for private health plans. What could change: Medicare looks pretty safe. Trump has said he won’t touch Medicare, and Senate Republicans haven’t shown much interest in a major Medicare fight. So action on Medicare seems less likely this year.

Taxes The current law: Nothing is free, alas. Obamacare’s architects cobbled together a mix of taxes to offset the cost of subsidizing insurance for tens of millions of low- and moderate-income Americans. That has meant some new taxes on insurance companies and medical device makers (both of which, it was reasoned, were benefiting from getting new customers through the law). Wealthy Americans are paying a bit more, too. Families making more than $250,000 a year have seen their Medicare payroll taxes increase slightly, thanks to Obamacare. What’s at issue: If there’s one thing that Republicans seem to hate more than Obamacare, it’s taxes. What could change: It’s complicated. Most leading GOP repeal plans ditch the taxes, and congressional rules will allow them to scrap the taxes with no Democratic votes. But this one is causing headaches for Republicans, who are waking up to the realization that they may need some of this tax revenue if they want to fulfill their promise to protect the millions of people who depend on Obamacare. That has prompted some GOP lawmakers to suggest that maybe they shouldn’t scrap the taxes after all.

Coverage for children up to age 26 The current law: Obamacare’s “slacker mandate” requires health plans to allow adult children to remain on their parents’ plans. What’s at issue: Not a lot. Mom and Dad might not like their college grad living in the basement, but it turns out most parents like knowing their children can have health coverage into their 20s. This has been one of the most popular parts of Obamacare. What could change: Almost certainly nothing. Trump and congressional Republicans say they’ll keep this requirement.

brain, symptoms and stages of the disease process, available treatments, and other resources. The class is designed for caregivers and other individuals who are fairly new to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia as well as those caregivers who might still have general questions about the disease process. Registration is required as space is limited. It is being presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and North Florida as part of its education series. Call 800-272-3900 or email  to register.



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MLK tournament highlights prep sports action BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

While the nation celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. many high school basketball players will be participating in tournaments bearing his name. Atlantic High in Port Orange will host a tournament on Saturday and Monday in its home gymnasium. It is truly a local showcase with several local teams playing, including Atlantic, Seabreeze, Spruce Creek, New Smyrna, Father Lopez, Matanzas, Flagler Palm Coast and Deltona. The best local players will showcase their talents. They include Stacy Beckton Jr. (Atlantic); Blake Hinson (Deltona); Hayden Beiri (Spruce Creek); Jerry Antoine (Spruce Creek); Riley Oldham (Spruce Creek); Nick Heard (New Smyrna); Jacquez Davis (Atlantic), Lee Williams (Atlantic); Jaylen Monroe (Deltona); Colin Castleton (Father Lopez); Jaylen McRae (New Smyrna); Malik Hinson (Deltona); Josh Spencer (Father Lopez); and Rodney Rhoden (Spruce Creek).

Honoring King Teams from all across Florida will attend, including teams from Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale. “This is a very competitive tournament. Some of the top teams from around the state will be here. All the teams that are competing are doing pretty well at this time. There will be some good games,” said Atlantic Head Coach David Howard. The tournament also is a way to honor King’s legacy. Howard commented, “We want the kids to participate. We also want them to know Dr. King’s life and legacy. The kids should also know all that Dr. King died for us to have opportunities, live free and have equal rights.” Holiday tournaments are another way for the community to

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS come out and see the kids play on a day when many are off from work. “This is a way that we give back to the community. We hope that they come out and support the kids,” Howard added.

Tournament schedule Here is the schedule for the Atlantic High School 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr boy’s basketball classic. Admission is $10 per day (re-entry all day). No FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) coach’s passes will be permitted. All games will be played at Atlantic High.

Saturday, Jan. 14 8:30 a.m.: Cocoa vs. Crescent City 10 a.m.: Palm Coast Matanzas vs. Orlando Olympia 11:30 a.m.: New Smyrna Beach vs. Jacksonville Andrew Jackson 1 p.m.: Father Lopez vs. Jacksonville Englewood 2:30 p.m.: Flagler Palm Coast vs. Jacksonville Raines 4 p.m.: Seabreeze vs. Jacksonville Westside 5:30 p.m.: Deltona vs. Orlando Central Florida Christian Academy 7 p.m.: Atlantic vs. Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson 8:30 p.m.: Spruce Creek vs. Orlando Lake Minneola

Monday, Jan. 16 10:30 a.m.: Fort. Lauderdale Boyd Anderson vs. Flagler Palm Coast Noon: Father Lopez vs. Orlando Central Florida Christian Academy 1:30 p.m.: Seabreeze vs. Palatka 3 p.m.: New Smyrna Beach vs. Winter Park Trinity Prep 4:30 p.m.: Spruce Creek vs. Orlando Olympia 6 p.m.: Atlantic vs. Lake Mary 7:30 p.m.: Deltona vs. Oviedo Hagarty


Stacy Beckton Jr. is a key player at Atlantic High School. His team will host a weekend tournament.

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The Chicago Cubs will continue one of sports’ most highly treasured honors for a champion by visiting the White House on Monday. The Cubs will be honored for their first World Series title since 1908, a source confirmed Tuesday night. The visit holds special significance, since President Obama developed his political roots in Chicago and will have the distinction of honoring the Cubs in the White House for the last time before leaving office on Jan. 20. In addition, Cubs coowner Laura Ricketts and President Theo Epstein are

Clemson’s DeShaun Watson turning pro BY MATT CONNOLLY THE STATE/TNS

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is going out on top. The Georgia native announced after Monday’s national championship game that he will enter the NFL draft after leading the Tigers to a 35-31 win over Alabama. Watson passed for 420 yards and had four total touchdowns in his final college game, ending his career with another impressive performance against the nation’s top defense while delivering Clemson its first national championship since 1981. “I think it’s my time to go, just kind of end it with a bang,” Watson said. “I’ve enjoyed the three years, and I just wanted to sign


The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the World Series at the end of Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on Nov. 3, 2016, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. supporters of the president. The Cubs’ visit will occur following the annual Cubs Convention this weekend, in which nearly all of the

members of the World Series title team will attend. The White House and then-President Bush hosted the White Sox following their 2005 World Series.

my name and end it with an exclamation point, and I think I did that. Moments like this I’ll never forget.”

‘Unbelievable player’ Last season Watson passed for 405 yards and four touchdowns against the Crimson Tide in a 4540 loss in the title game. Watson finishes his college career 32-3 as a starter. The four touchdowns he accounted for ups his season total to 50, which sets the Clemson record that he previously set last season. He passed for 41 touchdowns on the year, which is an ACC record that was previously held by Jameis Winston. “This guy, his class, his humility, this was his Heisman tonight, and this was really what he wanted. This is what he came to Clemson to do,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. “He’s just been an unbelievable player, preparer, leader, and ambassador for this university.” The State is based in Columbia, South Carolina.


Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) hauls in a pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) under pressure from Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Anthony Averett (28) during the College Football Playoff national title game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Monday. Clemson won 35-31.


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