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JANUARY 23 - JANUARY 29, 2014

YEAR 39 NO. 4

A bit of relief for unemployed


Area residents could be eligible for temporary benefits payments due to website glitch BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES

Thousands of unemployed Floridians dealing with the state’s unusable $63 million Connect unemployment website soon may see some relief. Florida officials announced they will pay thousands of unemployed workers throughout the state who have had their benefits delayed more than seven days because of technical glitches plaguing a new government website. Emmanuel Garcia, a Daytona Beach resident is among the growing number of Volusians who have been unable to process unemployment claims because the website has had these glitches since October.

“I’ve paid into this system for years and now when I need help, the system isn’t there,” Garcia remarked.

‘Hit or miss’ It’s a familiar lament heard by Andre Anderson, Department of Economic Opportunity supervisor at the Center for Business Excellence in Daytona Beach. “Unfortunately with that website we hear it everyday – that people are having problems accessing their claims,’’ he shared. The office Anderson works for – more commonly referred to as the One-Stop Employment Center – provides assistance in job search, including job referrals, counseling, and other types of supportive services as well as serves as a location to make unemployment claims. “Some of them are able to claim their weeks like they are supposed to. A lot of the others are waiting on adjudication.” He noted, “It has been an issue for a lot of people, but then some are having no problem with the


Volusia County residents take advantage of the One-Stop Employment computer system to file for unemployment benefits, make claims or search for jobs. site and it works perfectly like it was designed. It has been hit or miss.” However, the frustration with the website has been a nightmare. People who have continuing claims already have been deemed eligible to receive initial unemployment benefits. But for some, their benefits have reportedly been delayed or interrupt-

ed when issues with the website made it impossible for them to meet their continuing requirements. Those residents were not able to report that they were available for work or that they were actively seeking work.

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‘We have a dream too!’

ment of Labor headed to Tallahassee at the request of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., to review the website in the wake of reports of the many failures. Nelson sought more direct intervention by federal authorities and issued a statement saying that he had spoken with Labor Please see RELIEF, Page 2

Art show brings in statewide competition BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES

The opening reception for the art exhibit “Fifty Years of African-American Achievement, from Selma to the White House,” was held at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center on Jan. 17. The show was inspired in part by the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “We were thinking of doing the March on Washington, but we thought that was too small of a description for the artists to tailor their art. We thought we would just see marches, marches, marches throughout the artwork,” said Richlin Ryan, one of the curators of the event.

Variety of submissions


Nicole Safar is pictured with daughters Brianna and Alyssa Williams at the MLK Jr. march. The trio marched with over 300 others in tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

Adults and youngsters pay tribute to King during days of events BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES


reakfasts, parades, marches and day of service events were held in the Greater Daytona Beach area last weekend to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, gave the keynote speech at the annual MLK Scholar-

ship Banquet sponsored by MLK Celebration for Florida Inc. Thursday evening on the theme “Advancing the Dream.” Scholarships were awarded to five deserving students of Volusia County high schools at the event. A community picnic was held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday. On Monday, about 300 people participated in a march through the streets of the Midtown neighborhood of Daytona Beach singing Negro spirituals and repeating chants.

Letting freedom ring Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed led the chorus of “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Shall Overcome” as well

as a call and response to “U-N-I-T-Y, unity before I die!” which the crowd shouted back. “We have a dream too!” eight-year-old Alyssa Williams said as she proudly held her sign alongside sister Brianna and mom Nicole that read, “We have a dream of adults we can look up to.” Onlookers at a bus stop were overheard wondering aloud if they had enough time to join in the march but instead settled on a loud “Let freedom ring!” shout. Youngsters holding hands, children in strollers, college students, a fraternity, sorority, parents, clergy and the elderly were all in the number paying tribute to the slain civil rights leaders.

A pictorial roundup of the weekend’s events can be found on page 8.

“So we opened it up and gave them more room to create and express their views on the progress of African-Americans through the 50 years of the movement,” she said. “We benchmarked it from Selma to the White House to give the artists a large field to express their views of what they see as progress and we received a lot of submissions.” Ryan says that more than 30 pieces were submitted and made it into the show, with only two pieces being juried out. “It runs from photography, mixed medium, oil, acrylics, watercolor and three dimensional pieces as well.” “We have artists from Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Palm Coast and Daytona artists as well.”

The winners First, second and third prize winners were revealed at the opening reception. First place went to Anthony Armstrong of Please see SHOW, Page 6



JANUARY 23 – JANUARY 29, 2014

Daytonan Alphonso Bell to be laid to rest Saturday

Calling hours are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at R.J. Gainous Funeral Home, 804 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., and from 12:30 p.m. until the service time at the church on Saturday. The church is located at 201 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Interment will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Bell is survived by his mother, Gladys Bell, Daytona Beach; his daughter, Ambi (Ranaldo) Bess, Waycross, Ga.; two sons, Jarraud (Lindsey) Bell, Ormond Beach, and Geoffrey (Kady) Bell, Daytona Beach; three grandchildren, Amiyah Nicole Elam, Olivia Marie Bell and Geoffrey Kiev Blye, Jr.; two brothers, Jerry Bell, Sr., Daytona Beach and Eddie Bell of Las Vegas, as well as other family members.


Funeral services for Alphonso “Al” Bell of Daytona Beach will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Greater New Zion Primitive Baptist Church with Bishop John L. Kelly officiating. Mr. Bell, a local cook, died on Jan. 16 at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona after a brief illness. He was 55.

BRIEFS Church to host health care session A Family Life Conference will be held at the Greater New Zion Primitive Baptist Church, 201 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. The event is Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. with representatives from VITAS on the Affordable Health Care Act. Minister Gwen Azama-Edwards will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service on Jan. 26. •••

Cultural Council to meet Jan. 24 The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the West Volusia Historical Society’s Conrad Center, 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand.


Pauline and Kenneth Harris of JamArt Art and Framing admire “Bob Marley,” a piece by Joyce Hayes at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Center.

SHOW from Page 1 DeLand with his painting “First Day.’’ Second place went to Lawrence Walden of Jacksonville with a mixed media piece titled “Decorative Mask with Dreads” and third went to Alice Johnson of Daytona Beach with her painting “Urban Scene.” “I’m fascinated by this,” Dr. Ann Taylor remarked of the mixed media piece that placed second. “These are things that you see everyday, but it takes an artist to really capture it.” The piece used bronze and silver colored china, plates, spoons, forks and twisted metal to create a mask.

Good turnout “We had about 300 people come through during that two-hour period. It’s the largest crowd we’ve had in the four shows we’ve done to

RELIEF from Page 1 Secretary Thomas Perez about the malfunctioning website. Perez conveyed that the initial purpose of his team’s trip would be to try to institute a way to pay those with continuing claims now and fix problems with the Florida system later, Nelson said. On Saturday, the Department of Economic Opportunity announced the state agency has been given federal approval to temporarily issue benefit payments to people whose continuing claims have been held up for “adjudication” for more than seven days. “This step should serve as a great relief for claimants who have faced hardships due to technical problems with the system,” Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said in a prepared statement. “Some claimants have suffered and DEO and USDOL (United States Department of Labor) are committed to helping them through all

Palm Coast center to launch academy The Palm Coast Business Assistance Center (BAC) announces its new Small Business Development Center Business Academy, to start in early 2014. “We’re excited to launch this program,” said Joe Roy, BAC area manag-

ness, keeping low-paid, mostly Black orange grove laborers in line so citrus barons could maintain their profits. Through this background, King threads the story of Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who would become embroiled in a Florida case that would help change the course of the American civil rights movement. This community read project is part of the library’s Connecting with the Community Series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council.


The Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island is getting readers revved up for the appearance of Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.” The library has purchased extra copies of the book so everyone will have a chance to read it and then reserve a seat for the April 12 book discussion with the author. Thurgood This will be a ticketed Marshall event, but all patrons who read the book are guaranteed a seat. Instructions for reserving a seat can be found on a flier inside the front cover of the book upon checkout. This community read is based on the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program, designed to “revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.”

Florida case “Devil in the Grove” details events that took place in Lake County in

legal and available means.” According to one recent study done by the National Employment Law Project, unemployed Floridians may have been denied more than $22 million in benefits in October and November because of the website’s problems, Nelson said.

System needs revamp Under revised procedures introduced in 2011, Florida requires everyone who applies for unemployment benefits to do so online. Additionally a person must complete a 45-question online exam that tests reading, math and research skills before he can receive a check. Connect has been in the works since 2009 to replace the 30-year-old system jobless Floridians used to claim their weekly bene-

fits, monitor accounts and request information. The department provides up to $275 weekly to more than 200,000 Floridians. Nelson said he believes Perez will have a progress report perhaps as early as next week. Anderson explained that more people have come into the office overall since he began with Daytona Beach’s Center for Business Excellence in 2009. “From 2009 to the present, we have seen an uptick on the number of claims being made with last year probably being the highest. Overall, we seem to see less traffic than we have in times past,” Anderson explained. “Based on that, it would be that either you have less people filing or claiming their weeks for unemployment or you have more people that are employed. It’s a combination of both.”

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er. “It will provide solid training and education in a variety of areas. The idea is to boost the performance and competitiveness of our Flagler County companies.” The 2014 Business Academy will be comprised of three segments: • Business management series will begin in March and include two-hour sessions taking place over five weeks. Topics to be covered include business planning, sales, marketing, lean operations and finance. This course is designed for existing businesses, and the cost per attendee will be $50 to cover materials. • Evening workshops will begin in April and be scheduled for two hours in the evenings and cover topics such as marketing, social media, business planning and finance. These workshops are provided at no cost through the sponsorship of SCORE, SBDC and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Affiliates. • Special programs. Examples include Franklin Covey’s “4 Imperatives.

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date. We are pleased with that,” said Percy Williamson, director of Daytona Beach Leisure Services. “We also had such a diverse crowd. People from all socioeconomical walks of life and people from all backgrounds came out to the event. The people that came talked about the history of the show and the civil rights movement.” He added, “We could not have done it without the financial backing of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.’’ Williamson says the exhibit will be open until April 11 and those people who didn’t have the opportunity to come out to the opening, do not have to worry, as they still have a lot of time to come out. The center is open from 8 a.m – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. “We encourage people to come out and take a look at the great exhibit,” Williamson added.

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Members will elect a chair and vice chair for 2014 and discuss the council’s ongoing programs and upcoming activities. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting. The Cultural Council advises the Volusia County Council on matters relating to cultural arts and is the state-designated local arts agency for the county. For more information, contact Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872, or

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Throughout 2014, the library will sponsor book talks, dramatizations, panel discussions, films and music programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The grant will continue into 2015, when the programming emphasis will change to contemporary issues. All Connecting with the Community programs are co-funded by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library. The Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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JANUARY 23 – JANUARY 29, 2014

Behavioral Services students learn life skills while helping others SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Students in the Halifax HealthBehavioral Services Day Treatment Program are learning valuable life skills while raising funds for various non-profit organizations, including UNICEF, the Halifax Humane Society and the American Cancer Society. “While the students at Halifax Health-Behavioral Services are here to work on their own issues,

they are also learning about giving back and helping others. The act of collecting and giving for a good cause made our students realize that others are in need of assistance,” explained Marlene Rockwell, ESE/Virtual Teacher for Halifax Health-Behavioral Services.   In October, the students in the Halifax Health-Behavioral Services Day Treatment Program conducted their first fund-


raiser. The students raised funds for UNICEF from staff at both the Halifax Health main campus in Daytona Beach and at the Behavioral Services facility during their Trick or Treat for UNICEF Halloween party.

Program for pets Two Behavioral Services instructors decided to continue teaching the students the importance of helping others with additional projects.  Marlene Rockwell, a high school teacher, and Tara Hammond, who teaches elementary-aged students, worked together to create a program that would raise funds for the Halifax Humane Society.  The teachers contacted Home Depot, which donated planting pots and saucers, paint, potting

soil and gift cards to purchase materials for their fundraising project. The students went on to paint and decorate the pots and saucers, and plant the plants, to sell to Behavioral Services staff. The money collected from the plant sale was donated to the Halifax Humane Society.    “Collecting and donating to help pets find forever homes and to assist with their medical needs is also important because pets are an important part of a family,” Rockwell says.   Middle school teachers Joe Czajkowski and Steve Sims encouraged their students to make and sell popcorn to Behavioral Services staff members as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  The middle school students created signs and assisted with making and bagging the

Nurse, retired officer tie the knot in Palm Coast In touch with their feelings, Randolph Earl Greene and Barbara Ann Thomas had a meeting of the minds – and their hearts – and tied the nuptial knot on Dec. 21. Randy retired from law enforcement in New York City. Barbara is a registered nurse. The marriage ceremony resoundingly was officiated by Barbara’s pastor, the Rev. Patrick A. Wilkerson of St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Bunnell, and Randy’s pastor, the Rev. Gillard S. Glover of First Church of Palm Coast. Beautiful music was made as Barbara walked down the aisle of Palm Coast Community Center, which was exquisitely decorated by Barbara’s friends, The Golden Girls of Palm Coast. Barbara was escorted by her son, Emmett Tennell, III. Ovations expressed approval from those that were on the guest list. The duo’s blended family includes their children, grandchildren, and Barbara’s mother, Birda Pete.

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Besides Tennell, the others in the wedding party were: Latha Catlin, maid of honor; Gloria Singleton, matron of honor; Emery Barksdale, best man; and Audra Parker, daughter of the bride. In addition, the paparazzi snapped photographs of First Lady Karen Wilkerson’s singing, “Amazing Grace.” Other snapshots were taken by photographer Robin R. Banks, including pictures of music coordinator Shaquana M. Robinson, culinarians Edward Tucker Caterers Unlimited, and program designer Latha Catlin. The Greenes will begin their lives together in Palm Coast, and Barbara will follow Randy and become a member of First Church.

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Arts Foundation to host jazz party A party will take on the best of Rob’s Jazz Express for a presentation by the Palm Coast Arts Foundation (PCAF). Guitarist Rob Whiting says,

“We are having a jazz party this coming Saturday at the Pine Course Golf Clubhouse in Palm Coast. Come out and party and dance to ‘straight-ahead’, Latin, soul, funky and R&B jazz.”   The upbeat sounds at Pine

popcorn, which included M&M’s and other sweets. So far, the students have earned more than $100 dollars from popcorn sales for donation to the American Cancer Society.  “Our students are extremely proud of their accomplishments and have learned new skills to assist them throughout their lives, such as creating a school-based enterprise like selling popcorn and making creative items to sell,” Rockwell says, adding, “In addition, the students have learned to work together in teams; take pride in their creations; and the importance of giving back to their community.” For more information on Halifax Health-Behavioral Services, visit Course Golf Clubhouse will be taken in at 400 Pine Lakes Parkway. It’s “music that will feed your soul and open your mind.”   Party-goers will feel the rhythm of guest artist Terry “Doc” Handy on the conga drums. A cash bar and ‘pub’ menu will be available. There’s no reserved seating, but rather a first-come, first-served basis. That’s Jan 25, 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per PCAF member and $20 per non-member.  Get your tickets today by calling 386263-2991. The Palm Coast Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, counts for 806 founding members in 2004, and establishes the area as a world-class forum for the performing, visual, literary and graphics arts. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

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Expecting Christian behavior from Christians I have been delaying writing this column for more than a year, but in light of recent developments, I have finally decided to address the issue of Christianity and celebrity. Last year, actress Meagan Good who has always professed her Christianity in public and had recently married Devon Franklin, a Sony Pictures executive and Seventh Day Adventist pastor created a controversy when she wore an extremely revealing blue dress at the BET Music Awards show. The dress was low cut and she was wearing no bra. Let’s just say, her “twins” had a moving experience and were filled with excitement, if you get my drift. BET asked Good to present the award for best gospel artist during the show and her attire set off a firestorm of criticism on social media, with many saying her dress was inappropriate for someone who claimed to be a Christian, married to a preacher, and presenting a gospel award.

I am me Good went to her Instagram to respond, “…I’m not any less holy because the dress I wore – I may not be who people think I should be – but I’m morphing into exactly who God wants me to be… My excuse is never ‘I’m going to do me’ and I don’t feel that I need to make an excuse or defend or what I wore. I know I have a responsibility – and I’m working daily to fulfill the full potential of all God


Christian, then people automatically and rightfully expect you to comport yourself in a certain manner. It has nothing to do with judging you or about degrees of sin (fornication vs, lying, etc.). Proclaiming to be a Christian used to conjure up a lot of very positive images – trustworthy, loving, caring, modest, etc. Now we have gangsta Christian rap music, we have Christian punk rockers, and Christian nude models, etc. It’s hard to distinguish Christians from sinners. Mrs. Good, how do you justify appearing in public in a dress where everyone can see your twins in a state of arousal? Mr. Howard, how do you justify all these babies outside of marriage? Ms. Vest, how do you justify being a gospel singer and having sex without a condom if you just want to keep it strictly on the health tip? Each of your reactions show how far Christians and Christianity has fallen from the standards of the past. Each of you injected your Christianity into the public arena, therefore is it not reasonable for them to expect you to live up to what it means to be a Christian?

has created me to be…” A similar controversy is brewing about Christine Vest. She is a wannabe gospel singer who recently had a baby by Dwight Howard, center for the Houston Rockets of the N.B.A. Her only claim to fame is getting pregnant by Howard. Howard is rumored to have up to five children by five women over six years (no one really seems to know the real number). People have been calling her out for having a kid out of wedlock while calling herself a gospel singer. As with Good, Vest didn’t take too kindly to the criticism and lashed out at her critics. She vented on her Instagram, “I’m sorry, but I just have to address all the…people…that consider “having a child out of wedlock” a “sin.” Having fornication is the sin, people. FORNICATION…If you want to rebuke me for fornicating, thanks, but I have repented already.” Allow me to proffer some unsolicited advice and counsel to Raynard Jackson is presiGood, Howard, and Vest as a fel- dent & CEO of Raynard Jacklow Christian and graduate of son & Associates, LLC., a WashOral Roberts University. ington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. A little advice Write your own response at If you publicly profess to be a

Is Secretary Gates disloyal to Obama? Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t the first political appointee to analyze the work of an administration he served, even if that administration remains in power. In 1999, while President Bill Clinton was still in office, longtime staffer and confidant, George Stephanopoulos wrote of his disenchantment with his political mentor after the Monica Lewinsky story broke. Stephanopoulos’ memoir was achingly personal because even as it offered a look at the way the Clinton White House worked and a bird’s eye view of the 1992 campaign, it also offered a look at a man’s inner life, and the emotional turmoil he experienced as he struggled to reconcile the Bill Clinton he admired with a Clinton he, perhaps, reviled. At the time, many marveled at the perceived disloyalty of Stephanopoulos. Shouldn’t he have waited until the Clintons had left the White House? What did the Clintons think? How would this frank disloyalty play out? Fifteen years later, President Clinton is sitting on top of the world with his Global Initiative, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the leading contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, and George Stephanopoulos is front and center at ABC News.


Now Robert Gates has written a tell-all about his time as Secretary of Defense, titled Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. Many hoped that he would write something as personally searching as George Stephanopoulos did. Instead, he’s got fingers to point, axes to grind, bridges to burn, even as the Obama administration continues to deal with issues that Gates had the opportunity to weigh in on while he served as Secretary of Defense. Duty is pointedly critical of nearly everyone – Congress, Vice President Biden, President Obama, the National Security Council staff, the White House staff, you name it. People have focused on the hits the Obama administration took from Gates’ poison pen, and many have raised the question about his lack of loyalty to the Obama administration. From my perspective, Gates was disloyal to himself and to our nation, not to president Obama personally.

If he felt as strongly as he says he did, that the Obama administration should have made different defense decisions, why didn’t he say so? He talks about biting his tongue while in the White House. Why? So he could loosen it up when he got out. Had Gates been loyal to those who he pledged to serve, he would have immersed himself in the work of being Defense Secretary instead of describing himself as both contemptuous and bored. It’s that question of loyalty that plagues me with Gates, more so than Stephanopoulos. Does truth trump loyalty? When? Gates should ponder King in the aftermath of the King holiday. King talked about what it meant to be unpopular because of political decision, and declared himself a drum major for justice. Robert Gates, George Stephanopoulos, what are you drum majors for?

Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. Write your own response at

Support our Black colleges There is a critical and long overdue discussion about the fate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) now finally taking place around the nation. Yes, this is the time of year where annual government allocations and budgets are debated, passed or adjusted to meet both federal and state priorities. The issue of higher education and the adequate funding for all colleges and universities is one of the most important budgetary matters in 2014, given the increasing costs of higher education. But for most HBCUs, the concerns today about annual funding are far beyond routine dialogue and consultation. It is now for HBCUs a matter of survival. Given the outstanding academic achievements and contributions of the 105 HBCUs and 50 Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) of higher education, finances should never be an issue. I am, therefore, joining the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) in issuing a national and global urgent call for increased financial support of HBCUs and PBIs.

Continued importance of education It is a sad reality that too many people take for granted the legacy and continued importance of these particular colleges and universities. That is why African Americans must insist on proper funding for HBCUs and PBIs. If Af-


rican Americans are not more vocal in expressing support for these colleges the stage will be set for more reduced funding of these vital institutions of higher learning that have done so much to make the world a much better place. I am always impressed with the dedication and commitment of NAFEO and its members to represent and defend the interests of our colleges and universities. NAFEO is the nation’s only 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit membership association of the presidents and chancellors of the nation’s richly diverse 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and approximately 50 Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). NAFEO members are CEOs of 2and 4-year public, private, landgrant, sectarian and non-sectarian, undergraduate, graduate and professional schools in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Virgin Islands. HBCUs and PBIs represent 500,000 students, 53,000 faculty, and 5 million alumni worldwide. NAFEO member institutions educate disproportionate percentages of low-income students—in excess of 60 percent of the students

enrolled at HBCUs are eligible for income-based Pell Grants. Because HBCUs educate disproportionate percentages of low-income students, they have designed, tested, and perfected a myriad of successful programs that increase the numbers of low-income students prepared for, entering into and graduating from HBCUs and PBIs. At a recent meeting at the White House Skills and Education Summit, NAFEO President and CEO Lezli Baskerville challenged the summit participants to both increase the funding for HBCUs and PBIs and to see the clear strategic academic priority for strengthening HBCUs and PBIs in order to achieve President Barack Obama’s higher education goals for the nation. Unfortunately at a time when there is a clear, demonstrated need for more funding for HBCUs and PBIs, the political will does not appear to be there at the local, state or national level. Therefore, it calls on us to inform all our elected officials that increased funding for our colleges and universities has to be a top priority. This is not an option — our future and the future of our nation depends on it.

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is President of Education Online Services Corporation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Write your own response at



‘If I dated Black girls…’ “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Friday, I gave the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech at the University of North Alabama in Florence. I was glowingly introduced by my niece, Rachel Gandy, who is a senior at UNA. I told the audience that having grown up in segregated Tuscaloosa, Ala., how satisfying it was to see “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners” sit in the same classrooms, if not at the table of brotherhood. I didn’t use those exact words, but they got the point: revolutionary changes have taken place in my home state since the 1960s and the South in general. So many changes, in fact, that public schools in the Deep South are more desegregated than any other region in the nation.

Underhanded complement During my visit, I met a young White male – who shall remain nameless – who works in the same campus office as my niece, spoke fondly of Rachel, and recounted with glee their study together last summer in Costa Rico. After my speech, when I was doing my usual Friday afternoon radio segment with Rev. Al Sharpton, I was told that this young man said, “If I dated Black girls – I tell Rachel this all of the time – she would be at the top of the list.” I am sure he meant that as a compliment – it wasn’t. First, it’s presumptuous to think that Rachel, who is smart and beautiful inside and out, would want to date him. Second, for all the talk about racial progress, there are large segments of our society who make decisions based on race and nothing else. Whites do it. Blacks do it. Latinos do it. And so do Asians. After I got over the shock of the young man’s comment – well, I still haven’t gotten over it, as you can see – I thought back to a 2010 Pew Research Center


study that found that a record 14.6 percent of all new marriages in the United States in 2008 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another. That’s more than double the percentage for 1980.

Bottom of the list Interestingly, rates more than doubled among Whites and nearly tripled among Blacks. But for both Hispanics and Asians, rates were nearly identical in 2008 and 1980. For me, there was another story within the story: “When Whites, Hispanics and Asians decide to marry outside their group, African-Americans rank last in their choice of mates.” My niece is an honor student, was in the university’s homecoming court, is charming and beautiful. Yet, the young man at UNA couldn’t see beyond her color: “If I dated Black girls….” Fortunately, Rachel’s love life is not dependent on whether this young man dates “Black girls.” There are plenty of African-American and every other kind of men vying for her attention. It’s the idea that this fellow got to know my niece as a person yet found her unqualified to date solely because of her race is what galls me. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Obviously that day has not arrived. Until it does, it’s incumbent upon all of us to make sure that it doesn’t just remain a distant dream.

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criticism from some of President Obama’s longtime supporters and Democrats from the state.

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Research shows Obama has appointed most Black judges BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE

Despite the unprecedented levels of obstruction from Republicans in the Senate, President Obama has managed to get a higher rate of Black judges confirmed than any other president in history, according to a court watchdog group. Research compiled by the Alliance for Justice, a national organization dedicated to progressive values and the creation of a just and free society, shows that so far during the Obama administration, Blacks have accounted for 18.7 percent of the federal judicial confirmations, a sharp increase over the George W. Bush administration, where 7.3 percent of the judicial confirmations were Black. During the Clinton

administration, 16.4 percent of the federal judicial confirmations were African-American. During the Obama administration, 41 percent of the federal judges that have been confirmed are women, compared to 22 percent under George W. Bush and 29 percent for Clinton. Obama has also managed to get more Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and gays confirmed to the federal bench than either Bush or Clinton. “This is the best slate of judicial nominees I’ve seen from any president since I’ve been at the Lawyers’ Committee, since 1989,” said Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonprofit group that works for equal justice

under the law. “I’ve never seen a more diverse slate, I’ve never seen a more highly rated slate, I’ve never seen a slate with this kind of deep diversity.”

Long confirmation wait Yet, the current slate of judicial nominees has faced unparalleled delays in the Senate. President Obama’s judicial nominees have waited an average of 115 days between judiciary committee vote and confirmation, more than double the average wait time of President Bush’s nominees. Forty percent of Obama’s district court picks have waited more than 100 days for a vote on the Senate floor, compared to 8 percent of President Bush’s nominations. Sixty-nine percent of Obama’s circuit

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court judicial nominations have waited more than 100 days for a vote on the Senate floor. Only 15 percent of Bush’s circuit court nominations waited that long. Meanwhile, the problem of judicial vacancies is getting worse. During Bush’s sixth year, there were only 48 judicial vacancies. By 2013, however, there were 91 vacancies. Senate Republicans are gamming the judicial nomination process, utilizing a tradition that began nearly 60 years ago, when a segregationist led the Senate Judiciary Committee. The “blue slip” policy enabled a senator’s objection to a president’s judicial pick from his or her home state. GOP Senators from Georgia have used the “blue slip” practice to delay some of President Obama’s nominees for Georgia’s northern district for years. In an effort to fill those judicial vacancies in Georgia’s northern district, Obama worked with Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, striking a deal that has drawn sharp

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) Lewis, former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a former Atlanta-based civil rights group, said he and other Black leaders object to some of the Obama appointment of federal judges in Georgia. “The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input,” Lewis said in a statement. “Additionally, the coalition finds it troubling that several nominees include persons who have advocated in favor of Georgia’s voter ID laws and for including the Confederate Battle Emblem as part of the Georgia State Flag.” Mark Cohen defended Georgia’s restrictive voter ID laws that some civil rights leaders say discriminate against the poor and minorities. As a Georgia state legislator, Michael Boggs voted in favor of keeping the Georgia state flag that was based on the Confederate flag. Georgia’s Black population is 31 percent, twice the national average. In Alabama Blacks account for nearly 27 percent of the state’s population and roughly 17 percent of Florida’s state population. Only one of the judges currently serving on the 11th circuit court responsible for those states is Black and only one out of six of President Obama’s nominees for that circuit is Black.

Sacrifice in Florida After years of blocked nominations and procedural delays employed by the Republicans, who are in the minority in the Senate, Democrats, headed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pushed the button on the “nuclear option” last November that that allowed them to cease debate on a

particular issue with a simple majority. The historic move cleared the way for some of Obama’s judicial nominations and executive-level positions to be confirmed. “The [Obama] administration has really had a difficult row to hoe because of the difficulties in the Senate,” said Arnwine of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The Senate has accorded this president less respect, less deference, and less cooperation than any president I’ve seen.” The Obama administration’s success in the federal judiciary has not come without sacrifice. President Obama has been forced to withdraw five Black judicial nominations, most recently, William Thomas, an openly gay Black judge in Florida, because of a lack of support from Republican senators.

‘Blue slip process’ Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling on Senator Patrick Leahy, who chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, to reform the “blue slip” process. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (DN.C.) said that the “blue slip” process is being abused and that is having a chilling effect on qualified Black judicial candidates. “The reform that we pressed so hard for in the filibuster reform process itself will be still-born if the ‘blue slip’ process is not also reformed,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DWashington, D.C.). Butterfield said that no one is letting the president off the hook, because more diversity is still needed in the 11th circuit where Cohen and Boggs, two White male judges, were just nominated. Butterfield said that the 11th circuit serves a large population of African-Americans, that’s why the region needs more Black judges on the bench. ”It’s the Deep South and we must have some movement,” said Butterfield. “If it means repealing the blue slip process that has been observed for years, then the blue slip needs to be discarded.”

White House seeks to help expand education opportunity First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at an event on expanding college opportunity in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House on Jan. 16 in Washington, D.C.


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WASHINGTON – Thirty years ago, one year of tuition, room, and board at a nation’s four-year, degree-granting institution cost $8,756 on average (or $3,499, when adjusted for inflation). As of 2010, that figure had almost tripled to $22,092 – and that’s just for one year. To meet this economic hurdle, 39.6 million Americans have turned to the student loan market, taking on more than $1 trillion in debt of last year, according to the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office. Higher education, once a pipeline to the American Dream, is quickly becoming just a pipedream for low-income and underserved Americans. On Jan. 15, President and First Lady Obama invited education leaders and decision-makers to the White House to announce an intervention to allow more Americans the chance at a degree. The Expanding Education Opportunity summit aims to foster collaboration and brainstorm solutions to the dearth of college opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students. The summit was part of the president’s overall education agenda, which has advanced through Congress in fits and starts.

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Obama addressed the attendees and the press, stating, “The one reason we’re here today is we want to make sure more young


people have a change to earn a higher education. Today is a great example of how we can advance this agenda without a bunch of new legislation.” Without a college degree, children born in the bottom 20 percent of income distribution have just a 5 percent chance of getting into the top 20 percent as adults — and only a 55 percent chance of ever making it out of that income bracket, according to a 2008 Brookings Institute study. But there was a catch: Those invited could only attend the summit if they put their money where their mouths are. Attendees were required to submit (for review) a concise in-house plan of new actions for 2014 to combat the opportunity gap, and publicly commit funds to execute their plan. “We do not have a more clear ladder of economic mobility than the attainment of a college degree for someone born into a low-income family. And yet the research shows that if you are born in the bot-

tom quartile, by the accident of birth you have only a nine percent chance of graduating from college,” says Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, who organized the summit.

Four areas of focus In preliminary efforts, the Department of Education and stakeholders identified four areas of focus that could have the greatest impact in expanding access to higher education: Matching students to their best possible schools and encouraging completion; increasing the pool of college-ready students; reducing inequalities in college advisement and test prep; and making remediation more effective. An array of secondary institutions are included in the ongoing initiative such as MIT, College of the Holy Cross, Princeton University, Vassar College, and Navajo Technical University. HBCUs Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, and Spelman College are also making commitments.



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Seahawks coach discusses Sherman’s rant BY BOB CONDOTTA THE SEATTLE TIMES/MCT

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made clear Monday he would have preferred Richard Sherman deliver his message in a more delicate way than he did after Sunday’s NFC Championship game win over the San Francisco 49ers. “We did sit down and talk about it because I wanted him to present himself in his best light, because he’s an incredible kid,” Carroll said. “ .. . I think he is very understanding at this point that he caused a stir that took something away from the team.” Carroll’s comments also make it clear he views the edge and attitude in Sherman’s postgame comments one reason the Seahawks got to where they are — headed to Super Bowl XLVIII to play the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. Carroll reflected on the road Seattle has traveled since he took over in 2010 as he met with the media Monday after Sunday’s 2317 win over the 49ers. The victory was preserved when Sherman batted a pass into the hands of teammate Malcolm Smith in the end zone with 22 seconds left.

‘Something to prove’ Carroll insisted that from the day he arrived he believed the Seahawks could get to the Super Bowl quickly. “It’s later than we wanted it to be,” Carroll said. “But we are still on track for something really special. We had to wait a little bit. It might be worth it.” If there was a moment when Carroll began to see it come together, he recalled Monday, it was midway through his second season in 2011, when firstand second-year players

like Sherman, Earl Thomas and safety Kam Chancellor began to emerge. Those players, along with the likes of receiver Doug Baldwin (an undrafted rookie in 2011) and running back Marshawn Lynch (acquired midway through the 2010 season) began to show the competitiveness Carroll knew it would take to get to the top. “I think you can see that we have really chosen guys that have a feeling that they have something to prove,” Carroll said. “I feel like that, John (general manager John Schneider) feels like that. We all kind of feel like that. A little bit of chip-on-theshoulder mentality around here. And it’s something I recognized in the second year here. I think we had a bunch of guys that understood what that meant, and we have just kind of built on that somewhat. “So I think we are a very, very competitive group and they understand the value of that and how that fuels us and gets us where we want to go. ... It’s a powerful feeling that we have.”

Going overboard A feeling that helped lead to Sherman’s tip of Colin Kaepernick’s pass. Then came Sherman’s rant, boasting and deriding intended receiver Michael Crabtree, whom Sherman felt had slighted him at a charity softball game last summer. Carroll said he talked to Sherman on Monday, and that Sherman “didn’t feel right” about the way he presented himself and for taking away from the team’s performance. “I told them this weekend, we don’t let them be themselves, we celebrate them being themselves, and we cheerlead for them to be themselves,” Carroll said. “And we try to bring out the very best that they have to offer. Sometimes we go overboard, sometimes


Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates at the end of the NFC championship game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday. the individuals get out of bounds, and then you have to step back and get back in bounds. I understand that. That’s kind of how we operate. It may sound different to you, but that’s how we do it.”

Open-minded approach Carroll’s ability to successfully mesh disparate personas is evident in the Seahawks’ locker room — from the outspoken, outrageous Sherman to the more-scripted Russell Wilson — that some credit for the team’s march to the Super Bowl. Carroll, though, said his open-minded approach is the best way to win football games. “I’m trying to help our team be great and play great football and do this

Richard Sherman (25) holds up the NFC Championship trophy at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 2317.

game the way we’re supposed to do it,” he said. “I don’t want to miss out on somebody because maybe they’re not like me. I’m OK with that. I’m just trying to figure out where they fit in, and if they can help us, they can help us.” It’s worked out well enough to take the Seahawks a step away from their ultimate goal. And while work remains, Carroll said he also talked to the team Monday about acknowledging and being grateful for what they have done. “I think we’re very fortunate to have come together at this time to make this happen,” he told the team, later adding, “I always thought that this was realistic. This is was the place that I was hoping that we were going to get to.”

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NORFOLK, Va. – The Bethune-Cookman women’s basketball team earned its second conference weekly honors of the 2013-14 season on Monday as officials from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced Kailyn Williams as the MEAC Rookie of the Week. Her second honor of the season, Williams (6-5, New Orleans, La.), a redshirt freshman center, has shown progressive improvement with each outing and again hit a high point this week in performances against North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Savannah State University (SSU). Williams played a major role in aiding B-CU to its first conference victory of the season, over NCCU, and was a significant contributor in the Lady Wildcats’ close push to rally against SSU. She averaged a double double of 11.5 PPG and 10.5 RPG while shooting 69.2 percent, including a career best 14 points with


Kailyn Williams has averaged 13.3 points per game and 10.7 RPG over the past three outings, and had a double double in B-CU’s victory over South Carolina State. 10 rebounds and six blocks against NCCU. She nearly repeated for consecutive double doubles, logging nine points and 11 rebounds at SSU. Her now-47 total season blocks not only ranks Williams fourth on the B-CU season blocks record book, but over the last two games


Burns to make Jackie Robinson documentary FROM WIRE REPORTS

Documentarian Ken Burns, who has put his stamp on such topics as the civil war, national parks, jazz, the Central Park Five and most recently prohibition and the Dust Bowl, will next year turn his attention toward baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson. Set for the fall of 2015, the PBS documentary will span four hours and attempt to dig beneath the legend that fans saw on the field.

she has risen to ninth among the B-CU top 10 career shot blockers. Williams previously earned MEAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Dec. 16, after BCU’s program-first victory over Jacksonville.

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“He has been so smothered in myth that it’s really hard to get at the real person,” said Burns at the TCA Press Tour on Monday in Pasadena. “It was really important for us to know where he came from. So some more Jackie attention will be paid to his Robinson upbringing here in Pasadena. He was born in rural Georgia, but his mother escaped and came to Pasadena. “The legend has it that they were allowed, his brother and he were allowed to swim in the town pool after which the city fathers drained the pool and re filled it again. I haven’t been able to verify that, but this is one of these apocryphal stories that comes down.”



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Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson addressed a crowd of 250 at the annual MLK Scholarship Banquet held Jan. 16. The keynote speaker urged the crowd to dedicate their lives to the principles of King.


Out & About on King Day Community members from various races, ages, backgrounds and religions sang and chanted together as they marched along George Engram Boulevard in Daytona Beach.

Clergy members of Daytona Beach led a march held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday. Pictured from left to right: Father Phil Egitto, Rev. Nathan Mugala, Rev. John T. Long, Rev. Ronald Durham, and Rev. Larry Edwards.

Artists and photographers who entered their work in the art exhibit “Fifty Years of African-American Achievement, from Selma to the White House,” are pictured at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center on Jan. 17. “One day my four little children...” These six youngsters hold hands as they march through the Midtown area of Daytona Beach on Monday.

Scholarships were given to the above deserving Volusia County seniors who will be entering college this fall.

Attendees of the MLK Scholarship Banquet pause to sing the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing.”

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