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YEAR 42 NO. 7

Unanimous support for EmbryRiddle’s new president



The Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach includes a statue of the legendary player.

Buildings and parks in Daytona Beach are named after some of the city’s most influential residents. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

As the country reflects this month on African-Americans who have made great contributions to nationally, it’s important to remember the area residents who made their marks. Some have parks and buildings named in their honor such as Joe Harris, James Huger, Daisy Stocking and Dr. Samuel Butts. Buildings around Daytona Beach are named after other prominent historical Black figures like John Dickerson and Jackie Robinson. Robinson, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Howard Thurman are honored for the history they made on an international scale.

Tour the sites In recognition of these leaders, the City of Daytona Beach created an official Black Heritage Trail with 18 historical sites and a booklet, which is accessible on its website – View/9824. “I think that the trail is important. A lot of people in town don’t know or recognize the contributions that African-Americans made to the development of Daytona. Black people were involved in incorporation and charter as well,” Dr. Leonard Lempel told the Daytona Times. Lempel is a retired history professor and member of the committee that created the trail. He also edited the booklet and did a lot of research. People are free to tour the sites at their own convenience. “I think visitors and citizens in town would love to tour the sites. It gives most of the city’s history and it shows that it was just more to the city’s history than just rac-

Weldon Ryan and his wife, Michelin BurnettRyan, own Calypso Fine Art Gallery.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. P. Barry Butler, executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa, as its sixth president. During a Feb. 14 meeting at the university’s headquarters in Daytona Beach, the board unanimously appointed Butler to the position after he received across-the-board support from a search committee that included trustees, faculty, staff and student Dr. P. Barry Butler representatives. “It is important to note that Dr. Butler received 100 percent endorsement from everyone involved in this search. From the members of the Presidential Search Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee all of the way through the short list to the final approval of the Board of Trustees, there was one name that consistently rose to the top. And that was Dr. Butler,” said Mori Hosseini, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee. “As a university, we thank Dr. Karen Holbrook for her interim leadership during the search for our president. We are confident that Dr. Butler will continue to take Embry-Riddle’s entire community to the next level.”

Longtime Iowa administrator

The home and gravesite of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. ing,’’ he noted. Here’s a look at some of the local landmarks named after some of Daytona Beach’s most influential African-American citizens.

James Huger Park John Huger Jr. remembers going to the park that bears the name of his grandfather. James Huger Sr. was the first Black to serve on both the Daytona Beach City Commission and Volusia County Council. He died in October 2016 at 101 years old. “I drive by the park every day on my way to school. I often stop there and relax. I often reminisce. Papa took me there almost daily as a kid,” said the Huger grandson, who is a freshman at Bethune-Cookman University majoring in mass communication. “It means a lot that there is a place like a park that honors my grandfather’s legaSee LANDMARKS, Page 2

Butler will assume the position on March 13. “I’m thrilled to be named Embry-Riddle’s next president and look forward to building upon the outstanding global reputation of the university,” Butler said. “The energy and passion of the faculty, students, staff and board members I’ve met throughout the interview process made it clear I’m joining a very special institution.” Butler joined University of Iowa faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and subsequently progressed to the rank of professor. Before entering administration in 1998, Butler served as a member of the Engineering Faculty Council, as well as university of Iowa’s Faculty Senate and Faculty Council. Other positions held at the University of Iowa include Department Executive Officer of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Interim Dean and Dean of Engineering, where See PRESIDENT, Page 2

Artist to present Black history event with West Indian focus BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Black history and West Indian culture will be featured at Weldon Ryan’s “Art of Carnival’’ presentation this week. An opening ceremony of the “Art of Carnival’’ exhibit will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Ryan’s Calypso Fine Art Gallery, located at 4601 E. Moody Blvd., inside of Marvin’s Garden Business Center Complex. “Art of Carnival” is a series of 20 paintings by Ryan depicting  the

Carnival, the Caribbean celebration originating in Trinidad and Tobago. Weldon’s paintings are on oil canvas and board featuring West Indian carnivals from Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg and New York. “We have been doing it as a family. My wife and I are of West Indian heritage. I’m from Trinidad and she is from Guyana. …We get together from different regions and nations and have the celebration. We dress up in costume. We free ourselves from the confines of society,’’ he explained.

Peabody first The exhibit was first displayed at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona last year. It was later displayed at a carnival in New York City. “After the first show in Daytona, we figured that this show should be in other parts of the country. Weldon has taken photos at other carnivals, parades and celebrations and put it into his artwork. The carnival itself is an expression of art. Artists spend an entire year See ARTIST , Page 2





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cy. He loved things like this a place where kids can play and a place where people can get together,” the student said. James Huger was a Montford Point Marine, a group of Black men who integrated the United States Marine Corps. He attended Bethune-Cookman College. Later, he dropped out to work at a local hotel but Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune encouraged him to return. In addition to being a longtime educator, activist, elected official, administrator and humanitarian, he was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. It was Huger who signed Martin Luther King Jr.’s certificate when he became an official member. “I’m proud of all my grandpa’s accomplishments. It’s great that he made his mark on the world and left behind a legacy to inspire others,” John Huger Jr. added.

Dr. Samuel Butts Youth Archeological Park Dr. Samuel Butts started out as an amateur archeologist who collected artifacts of prehistoric humans and bones of prehistoric animals for 20 years at the site at 750 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach. He found spear points, bone tools and pottery fragments left behind by the Timucuan Native Americans. Butts also found skeletal material from prehistoric animals, including a mastodon, smilodon and others that roamed Florida during the Ice Age. “He is a man that just keeps at it. He never gives up. He never gave up at that site and his persistence paid off,” said Lovely Butts, his wife. Dr. Butts wasn’t available for comment, but his wife recalls his tenacity. In 1994, Butts registered the site with the Florida Division of Historic Resources. “He often took his family out there with him. We would go out there and dig and find things with him,” she noted. The park was named after him in 2004 by the City of Daytona Beach. “He kept going back. He fought for that land to be preserved and protect that land. He discovered a city where the Indians live, what they ate and the fresh water that they had,” Mrs. Butts said. The park is also located in the Waycross community which was the southernmost of Daytona’s three historically Black neighborhoods. Dr. Butts wanted the park to motivate youth to study the environment and the area’s prehistory, natural history and cultural history. The park also has a lake and is home to waterfowl and several species of birds, including ducks. Butts also worked as a

mason, painter and carpenter. Beyond work, he was a mathematician that often went to schools and colleges to help solve problems. “He is a man who is about getting things done and making a positive change in the community. His family and community are proud of all his accomplishments,” said Mrs. Butts. In addition, Dr. Butts is a jazz musician who played the bass guitar. He even even played with Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band.

Joe Harris Park The park has a history of street basketball, cookouts, music and fun, especially during special events like Black Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Originally, it was the site of dirt roads and homes. The homes were destroyed during urban renewal in the 1970s. The park was built and named after Joseph Harris, a prominent Black civil rights leader, politician, activist and entrepreneur. Harris and his wife Dufferin were one of the most well-known power couples of their time. Dufferin was the first Black journalist at the Daytona Beach NewsJournal. Harris and his wife also were noted for allowing Jackie Robinson to stay with them when he integrated minor league baseball in Daytona in 1946. Harris also was once beaten badly by the Ku Klux Klan for his efforts to get Black people out to vote.

Daisy T. Stocking Park Daisy Stocking was born Daisy Hardy in Florence, South Carolina in 1888. She was a nurse and humanitarian who moved to Daytona in 1916 with the influence of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, with whom she attended the Scotia Seminary. Hardy became the supervisor of the McLeod Hospital on the campus of the Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute (now Bethune-Cookman University) from 1916 to 1918. In 1918, she married a local doctor named John T. Stocking; she then assisted him with his practice. Daisy Stocking organized the Volusia County Tuberculosis Association, served as a volunteer nurse for the Girl Scout camp for four years and led the Girl Scout program for more than 5 years. For 22 years, she chaired the Board of Directors of the Sara Hunt Orphanage, which flourished from 1924 to 1970. During World War II, Daisy Stocking chaired the Negro Division War Bond Drive and served as nurse in charge of the first aid station. She also served on the Board of Directors of the

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he holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Vast experience as educator, engineer In his current role as provost, Butler has been responsible for more than 100 academic programs in the university’s 11 colleges, oversees the Division of Continuing Education, the Library and Art Museum and is responsible for a general education fund budget in excess of $700 million. Butler earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1984, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he is active in a num-


The park on Bellevue Avenue was named after Dr. Samuel Butts in 2004 by the City of Daytona Beach. Community Chest Fund and United Fund. In 1964, she was inducted into the Methodist Hall of Fame in philanthropy, and the National Council of Negro Women named her Woman of the Year. And in 1967, she was named the local Civitan Senior Citizen of the Year. In 1971, three years after her death, the Daytona Beach City Commission created the Daisy T. Stocking Park. The park is located at 550 Third St.

John H. Dickerson Community Center John H. Dickerson Sr. was a principal at Campbell Senior High School, which was housed at the 308 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. site from 1948 until 1962. Campbell High moved to Keech Street and Campbell Elementary moved in until the building was vacated in 1969 following integration. The building remained vacant and in disrepair until Dickerson led a group of citizens that convinced the city commission to buy the property and renovate it into a community center in 1975. After he was forced out of Campbell, Dickerson served as assistant principal at Holly Hill Elementary until retirement in 1979. He worked 42 years as a school administrator. Before Campbell, Dickerson was assistant principal of Highlands Elementary and principal of both Campbell Street High School and Campbell Street Adult School. The Dickerson Center still contains some administrative offices for the city as well as recreational facilities. It also had housed the Dickerson Library, which moved to Keech Street in August 2001. Dickerson also served on several board and councils. He was co-chairman of the Daytona Beach Development Project, president of the Halifax Area Council

ber of aerospace-related instructional and research activities at University of Iowa, where he also serves as campus coordinator of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, a statewide organization funded by NASA for the past 21 years whose mission is to coordinate and improve the state’s future in aerospace science and technology and to stimulate aerospace research, education and outreach activities throughout the state. He established a statewide consortium ( focused on research and curricular development that advances Iowa’s competitiveness in the field of wind energy with his own research in the area of nonideal reactive fluid flow modeling.

Active on state, national boards For the past decade he has worked closely with the automotive industry to develop advanced computer models for use in the design, development and analysis of occupant restraint safety systems. He has experience working as a visiting research fellow for the U.S. Navy and Sandia National Labora-

on Human Relations, and chairman of the Campbell Street Community Improvement Association. He died in 1980.

Jackie Robinson Ballpark The site opened as City Island Ballpark in 1914. Historically, the park has housed Major League Baseball teams during spring training. It’s located at 103 Orange Ave. Robinson first integrated the minor leagues at this site when he played for the Montreal Royals, the AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers in a spring training game at the park on March 17, 1946. Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first Black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The park was named after Robinson in 1990. That same year, a Montreal sculptor Julles LaSalle dedicated a bronze statue at the park to honor Robinson. The Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League were the stewards of the park at the time. Today the park is home to the Daytona Tortugas, a Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Florida State League, and the Bethune-Cookman University baseball team. High school baseball games and even youth football games have been played there in the past. In 1998, the park was added to the National Register of Historic places. Historically, Blacks sat on the first base side of the stadium.

Dr. Howard Thurman Home Dr. Howard Thurman was an educator, theologian, preacher and author. Thurman was born in the house on 614 Whitehall St., on Nov. 18, 1899. He wrote more than 20 books and provided spiri-

tories and as a visiting faculty member at Universite de Provence in Marseille, France. He also has served as a professional consultant with Combustion Sciences Incorporated, Princeton Combustion Research Laboratories, Iowa Public Defenders Office, TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Automotive Systems Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute and Praxair Surface Technologies. Butler serves on the boards of several state and national technologybased organizations committed to economic growth and advancing science, technology, engineering and math education. Butler also serves as the Governor’s delegate to the Aerospace States Association. A As an active participant in Eastern Iowa’s Corridor STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative, he has been a strong advocate for working with industry, community colleges and K-12 educators to promote STEM education.  He is married to Dr. Audrey Butler, a lecturer in Chemical Engineering, and they have three children: Ben, 25, Logan, 23, and Savannah, 21.

tual guidance for the civil rights movement. He also mentored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Vernon Jordan. Thurman moved to Jacksonville to attend the Florida Academy Baptist High School, which was the closest colored school to Daytona Beach in the early 1900s. “Thurman was the premier theologian of the country during his time who happened to grow up here in town,” added Dr. Lempel, the historian. He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1923. In 1925, he graduated from Colgate-Rochester Theological Seminary and was ordained a Baptist minister. In 1928, Thurman became the director of religious life and professor of theology at Morehouse and Spelman colleges. In 1932, he was named Dean of Rankin Chapel and professor of systematic theology at Howard University. Thurman also traveled to Burma, Ceylon and India where he became friends with Mahatma Gandhi. In addition, he was named a 20th-century “Saint’’ by Ebony magazine and was selected as one of America’s 12 outstanding preachers in a nationwide Life magazine poll. Thurman was appointed dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University in 1953. He retired in 1965 and returned to the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, which was America’s first interracial church which he founded in 1944. He returned to Daytona Beach in 1963 and gave the commencement address at Bethune-Cookman College. Daytona Beach officials organized a parade in Thurman’s honor and presented him with a key to the city.

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Home and Gravesite The Bethune home was

built in 1915 and is located on the campus of BethuneCookman University. The home contains fascinating memorabilia and artifacts from Bethune’s illustrious career. Bethune was an internationally known educator. Most people know the story of how Bethune built the school, but she did so much more. “Dr. Bethune was a giant; she accomplished so much. You can’t mention the history of Daytona without mentioning her and the school that she founded. However, when she came here there were already prominent Black people in town. The town was mostly Black at the beginning of the century,” said Lempel. In 1935, she founded the National Council of Negro Women and was awarded the national NAACP Spingarn Medal for distinguished merit and achievement. And in 1936, Bethune became the highest ranking African-American administrator in the federal government when President Franklin Roosevelt appointed her director of the National Youth Administration’s Office of Minority Affairs. She was a close friend to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who often stayed in Bethune’s home in Daytona Beach. In 1945, Bethune was chosen to serve as a consultant at the San Francisco conference for the drawing up and signing of the United Nations Charter by the U.S. State Department. Bethune lived in the home until her death on May 18, 1955. The home was declared a national historic landmark by the National Park Service in 1975.

Next week: From Henry Butts Drive to George Engram Boulevard, there are a number of roadways named after prominent Blacks in the area.

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creating costumes, themes and expressions. In New York, we had such success that we decided to continue it,’’ said Richilin Burnett-Ryan, the show’s curator and Ryan’s wife.

2016 gallery opening Calypso Fine Art Gallery opened in May 2016. “Bunnell and Palm Coast are unique communities. Both don’t have a lot of Black businesses. It was important for us to stand on our own and be the owners of our destiny and create our own cultural theme to our gallery,’’ she continued. Burnett-Ryan said the couple also decided that Black History Month will be an ideal time to showcase his art. Weldon Ryan explained, “African-Americans and West Indians cultures have a lot in common and very few differences. They have similar ways, artistic impressions, innocence and similarities. The only thing is that the British abolished slavery before America.” For more information, call 386-313-5123 or 386916-4483.

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Young Flagler musician to entertain crowd at Black history event See the present and past merge as promoters Linda Epps and Lawrence Green have made this happen for Black History Month. This is the last in a series being the subject of Black History Month at the Ormond Beach Public Library. Epps and Green have created opportunities to celebrate Africans and African-Americans. They have received rave reviews for presentations in the series made by vocalist Linda Cole and lecturers the Rev. Gillard S. Glover and Robert Whiting. The library location is at 30 South Beach St., Ormond Beach. Free admission to all events is in effect. And, plenty of time has been spent curating the events. Teen guitarist/singer Eric Dangerfield is next up to perform Feb. 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Dangerfield, 15, has appeared in venues at church, school, and the Palm Coast and Flagler Beach restaurants. He started singing in church as early as age 7. He relocated in 2006 with grandparents Tina and John Pearson from New York.

Multitalented musician Dangerfield’s elementary school ran a talent show, and he won so many times that the teacher asked him to perform rather than compete so the other kids could have a chance at winning. There was no controversy because Dangerfield wanted only to perform. He joined the guitar club in elementary school and soon discovered a gift for playing guitar and singing. He has taught himself to play not only the guitar but other instruments, including keyboards, drums, bass guitar, harmonica, and a little bit of the trombone. He now attends Palm Coast’s Matanzas High School. He loves most types of music, but his true love is music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. He merges the present with the past being inspired by the Beatles, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys and Little Richard. These groups inspire him when he writes his original music.

Storytelling on Feb. 21 Next up is Clara Bivens of the National Association of Black Storytellers. She will bring adventure to narratives Feb. 21, 2 to 3 p.m. “As a middle child of seven, I was an avid reader,” Bivens said in a press release. “I read any and evClara erything I could Bivens get my hands on. As a result, I have a vivid imagination.” The retired teacher of 30-plus years attended Wilberforce University, earning an M.S. in administration from Buffalo State College. She relocated to Florida six years ago from upstate New York. “When I read that the group Spin-A-Story was telling stories at a nearby church, I went and immediately fell in love with story-


telling,” she said. She attended her first conference of the National Association of Black Storytellers in 1997 and was introduced as a member of Tradition Keepers of the Black Storytellers of Western New York. Besides Juneteenth and Kwanzaa, the folklorists involve themselves telling stories at the library, presenting free workshops for children and adults, and narrating stories for other community activities.

Kinshasa on Feb. 25 We caught up with the last presenter in the series – Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa, Ph.D. He is a professor emeritus of sociology in the Africana Studies Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York. Dr. Kinshasa will make his appearance Feb. 25, 2 to 5 p.m., disDr. Kwando cussing the movKinshasa ie, “Rules of Engagement.” He spent 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, and, during the ensuing years, traveled throughout the states, becoming involved in a number of AfricanAmerican human rights groups. He entered the City University of New York in 1971 and gave himself 12 years to acquire a Ph.D. in social psychology, which he attained in 1983 at New York University.

African Diaspora expert By 1985, he became a professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. In 1990, he transferred to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where eventually he became chairman of the African-American Studies Department, director of the Ronald E. McNair PostBaccalaureate Program and assistant director of the New York Police College Certification Program. Dr. Kinshasa is a chronicler of the African Diaspora experiences vis a vis “migration and social conflict.’’ His first book, an expansion of his Ph.D. dissertation titled “Emigration vs. Assimilation: The Debate in the African-American Press: 1827-1861” (McFarland, 1988, 2011), examined those motivations and political rationales that pushed editors of the early African-American antebellum newspapers to support or reject the concept of emigration by Africans to Canada, the Caribbean, or West Africa. The work, still having relevance, was republished in 2011. Among the other books that Dr. Kinshasa has authored involves “The Man from Scottsboro: Clarence Norris and the


Eric Dangerfield will perform Feb. 19 at the Ormond Beach Public Library. Infamous 1931 Alabama Rape Trial, in His Own Words” (McFarland, 1998, 2003). In this instance, the last living defendant in the infamous 1931 Scottsboro, Ala., rape case - Clarence Norris agreed to discuss his experiences growing up in the South and his subsequent involvement in this historical criminal justice case. Dr. Kinshasa, a member of a five-person film advisory board in 2000, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, which helped produce the award-winning documentary, “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy.”

Oscar-nominated work At the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, “Scottsboro” was selected as one of the year’s top five documentaries. It was nominated for an Academy Award and was a finalist in the top two documentary films for the year 2000. Dr. Kinshasa’s latest book, “The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words: Selected Letters, 19311950” (McFarland, 2014), must be interjected since it challenges the reader’s possible stereotyped impressions of what it means to be incarcerated, as well as it examines the fears and thoughts of the supporters. Requested by Greenwood Press, Dr. Kinshasa organized an “African-American Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic” (Greenwood Press, 2008), encompassing the 15th century to the beginning of the 20th century, and utilizing both a yearly bimonthly descriptive format. Designed to reach middle school students, his work is scheduled to be updated by the year 2020. And so, let this discourse serve as a link to see this expert in action.

A fundraiser for The Sheltering Tree

Carla Traister says, “We are holding ‘A Heart for the Homeless’ to reinforce our financial underpinnings so we can continue to help the people who so desperately need us...” The Sheltering Tree co-founder says, “There are significant pockets of the homeless in Flagler County who

have lost their homes for a myriad of reasons.” A 501(c) (3) charity, The Sheltering Tree has provided the homeless with food and extremeweather shelter since 2008 at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, in addition to providing tents, sleeping bags and clothing. It is staffed solely by volunteers, and financial donations are also needed to operate the shelter with rent, insurance, food, cots, linens, toiletries, etc. The fundraiser takes place Feb. 26, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church, 915 North Central Avenue, Flagler Beach. The ticket price is $15, which includes food and beverages, music and other entertainment. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For reservations, call the shelter at 386-437-3258, ext. 105.

Free tax preparation help available

Dr. Chau T. Phan of the Christian Unity Ministry of Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church shared that the AARP Tax-Aid has offered free tax preparation and e-filing by certified IRS volunteers. The service kicked started Feb. 1 and will run through April 15 for area residents. AARP membership is not required. The service operates Mondays at the VFW on Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast; Tuesdays, United Methodist Church, Flagler Beach, and the Government Services Building, Bunnell; Wednesdays, the VFW on Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, and the Government Services Building, Bunnell; Thursdays, the Flagler County Library, Palm Coast; Fridays, Realty Exchange at Island Walk, Palm Coast; and Saturdays, Realty Exchange at Island Walk, Palm Coast. Since appointments are necessary, call 386-313-4048, or log on at

Tairu to speak at NAACP meeting

The Flagler County NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.

Hoke (Michael Morman) drives Miss Daisy (Elizabeth Murff) to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store although she is sure he is driving too fast and going the wrong way.

Mikyal “Myke” Tairu, Daytona Beach community activist, has been successful at removing the convicted felon box from job applications in certain municipalities. The guest speaker has pushed for banning the box in Daytona Beach, and the policy was approved in 2015. For further details of the meeting, contact the NAACP at 386446-7822.

Books sought for Easter baskets

Community activist Donna Gray-Banks has requested that every child be given a new book in their Easter basket. She is requesting everyone – including sororities and fraternities – to make this a literary project for the year. The request is part of the Annual Derbyshire Easter Egg Hunt taking place April 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Derbyshire Park, 849 Derbyshire Road, Daytona Beach. A book and basket will be provided for every child that makes such a request. The kids will be all smiles playing games, enjoying food, rollicking in a bounce house, and having their faces painted. All ages are welcome. The Annual Derbyshire Easter Egg Hunt is a collaboration of the Daytona Beach International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, the Order of Eastern Stars, B and B, Books and Baskets for Easter, The City of Daytona Beach, Mahogany Reads, and Shelley’s Adventures. If you desire to have your books picked up, inbox Gray-Banks  at ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations Birthday wishes to “BJ” Jones, Lilieth Vaz, Feb. 18; Mamie Cauley, Feb. 19; and the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Feb. 20. Happy anniversary to Jim and Ruby Sims, Feb. 20.

Palm Coast housing grant forms due The City of Palm Coast will accept applications for the Housing Rehabilitation grant program through Friday, Feb. 17. Grant funds are available for qualified individuals who need to repair and upgrade their single-family homes to bring the home back up to minimum standards. The repair needs can be interior or exterior. The program is part of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program. To qualify, residents must be homeowners. The home must be the homeowners’ primary residence, and they have to have lived there at least a year.


Income guidelines

DeLand theater to present ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ The Athens Theatre in downtown DeLand will present “Driving Miss Daisy’ starting Feb. 17. The 1989 Academy Award winning film starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. After crashing her car, Daisy Werthan, an elderly, sharp tongued, opinionated and difficult-to-please Jewish widow is forced by her son Boolie to employ an ever-patient Black chauffeur (Hoke).

Their 25-year relationship morphs from distain and distrust to acceptance, appreciation and enduring friendship.

Closes March 12 In the Athens’ production, director Tara Kromer has brought together two actors who have a longtime friendship forged by playing these roles in the past. Both Elizabeth Murff (Daisy) and Michael Morman (Hoke)

have played these roles numerous times with other actors and played opposite each other in “Driving Miss Daisy’’ seven years ago.’’ The play opens Feb. 17 and runs through March 12 at the historic Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave. Tickets are $10 to $24. For ticket information, visit or call the box office at 386-736-1500 Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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 quality. The application is available on the City of Palm Coast website at or it can be picked up at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., during regular business hours.  Completed applications must be submitted to Valerie Bradley’s attention at the Flagler County Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 2, Bunnell. (Applications cannot be accepted at Palm Coast City Hall.)  For more information, contact Ida Meehan, Senior Planner, at 386-986-2482 or




Trump’s travel ban betrays American values
 As a Republican candidate running for the nation’s highest office, Donald Trump promised an enthusiastic crowd of supporters that in the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif. attack – a mass shooting perpetrated by an American citizen of Pakistani descent and his wife, a Pakistani national and lawful permanent resident – he would, as president, call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” It took only a week into his new administration for now-President Trump to make good on his campaign trail promise. With the easy stroke of a pen, and a messy rollout, President Trump summarily stopped an entire class of people from entering the country, throwing airports into chaos and confusion, sparking spontaneous protests, delaying or halting family reunions and disrupting the lives of lawful immigrants both within and outside our nation’s borders.

Muslim ban Trump’s executive order, along with two previous orders, triggered a blanket, targeted 90-day ban on all travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – all


deemed terrorist hotbeds. The entry of any and all refugees was suspended for 120 days, including an indefinite ban on refugees from war-torn Syria, as Trump’s administration established “new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has refused to reinstate the ban, key parts of which were suspended by a district court judge. The administration has made clear its intention to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Check on authority What is at stake here is defining what, if any, checks can be placed on the president’s authority to oversee and determine federal immigration policy. In the court of popular opinion, however, what is at stake here is how we define ourselves as a nation and how we will continue to define ourselves in the future and in the face of legitimate national security concerns. Fear, fiction, alternative facts,

It shouldn’t feel this way I’ve seen my share of presidential campaigns and have been on both the winning and losing sides personally and in support of other candidates. I know the glow of excitement that lingers long after a successful campaign. I also know the deep and burning frustration and disappointment of having to make a concession speech, or having to see your chosen candidate make a concession speech. after decisive returns are revealed.

I accept it Each election will yield a winner and loser. I accept that. It doesn’t mean we have to like the results, and it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t protest and resist the actions of the winner when we don’t agree with them. While we accept the 2016 presidential election, this time feels


different, and the feeling is not good! Every day there is something new that gives cause for great concern. Maybe I’m naïve or my expectations are too high! Maybe I just give my fellow citizens too much credit! Whatever the circumstance, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of other Americans have the same dim view I have of the outcome of the presidential election and the new president, Donald Trump. ‘ I am fearful for the future of our country. I see the subtle autocratic manipulations that sug-

Trump’s minion prepares to gut consumer watchdog “Personnel is policy,” says Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs recently named to head President Trump’s National Economic Council. He got that right, and every working family should shudder that Trump – after railing against the corruptions of Goldman Sachs and other big banks in the campaign – has put six former Goldman Sachs bankers at the head of his economic team.

First target Their first priority is to roll back bank regulation, and, as Gary Cohn told the Wall Street Journal, one of their first targets is to disembowel the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP).


The CFPB was created in the Dodd-Frank banking reforms passed after the excesses of the banks helped blow up the economy. Led by Elizabeth Warren (then a Harvard Law professor, now a U.S. senator), consumer and civil rights groups pushed for it against the full force of the banking lobby. The agency’s sole mission is to protect consumers against the scams and schemes of fraudulent banks and lenders. Led by Rich-

reality and discrimination have no place in this critical discussion where lives hang in the balance on both sides of the debate. By singling out majority-Muslim countries, the Trump administration has effectively created an unconstitutional, discriminatory religious preference in our immigration policy that also slams the doors shut on Muslims, while openings the doors and prioritizing the admissions of non-Muslim refugees – namely, Christians, who are fleeing their countries in response to religious persecution. The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause forbids our government to establish an official religion or to officially prefer one religion over another religion. This order is, therefore, not based on core American values.

Home-grown terrorists None of the perpetrators of major terrorist attacks on U.S. soil has come from any of the seven countries that are on the president’s executive order. In fact, the majority of attackers come from within our borders, with many national security and counterterrorism experts noting that the perpetrators of attacks on U.S. soil have primarily been U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents – who, incidentally, have not been from any of the seven countries on the ban list.

gest movement to less individual freedom and to more dictatorial rule. These feelings aren’t a recent phenomenon. They were not manufactured from a sense of anger or loss. They are the result of the dissonance between Trump’s campaign and postelection behaviors and the behaviors we have come to expect from candidates and eventual presidents.

I’m not alone I have seen these same sentiments expressed by television pundits and citizens alike. Even some Trump supporters I know have begun to express a sense of “buyer’s remorse” because of voting for him. One of the primary reasons for these feelings can be summed up in a simple statement, “Trump is a con man and a pathological liar!” We must remember that fact-checks of Trump’s campaign rhetoric found him to misrepresent facts at nearly a 7-in-10
rate. He has shown himself to possess an above-average mastery of the

ard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general and treasurer, it has been a stunning success, recovering nearly $12 billion for 27 million consumers from the lenders who cheated or defrauded them.

Real results The CFPB is the champion of what Trump calls the forgotten working families of America. It has protected veterans and military families, recovering $100 million from lenders who preyed on them. It recovered over $480 million for students who were deceived by for-profit chains peddling fraudulent products. It has moved against the payday lenders that gouge low-wage workers. It is about to issue rules prohibiting payday loans with interest of 300 percent or more – literally immoral loans that earn the Bible’s condemnation of usury. Seniors are often targets of financial frauds. Last year, a survey showed that nearly one in five citizens 65 and older had been “taken advantage of financially.” The CFPB has worked actively to shield them from deceptive practices.



As far as refugees are concerned, there have been no fatal terrorist attacks by refugees in this country for nearly 40 years. According to a Cato Institute study on immigration and terrorism, “all of the murders committed by foreign-born refugees in terrorist attacks were committed by those admitted prior to the 1980 act.” The Refugee Act of 1980 is described as the “modern, rigorous refugee-screening procedures currently in place.” This order is, therefore, not based on reality. The executive order foments fear and hate, and falsely justifies and legalizes discrimination. It ignores the reality of migration and terrorism and puts American lives at risk by failing to address our very real issues and potentially unleashing anti-American sentiment around the globe that could very well translate into devastating attacks.

No discrimination

most sophisticated techniques of propaganda. We must remember that the “con” in “con man” refers to confidence. Just as in advertising or propagandizing, confidence is built by appealing to the image of an individual’s self-interest or desire. This is accomplished with: • Use of sensational generalities (“Make America great again”);
 • Name-calling and labeling (appealing to negative imagery);
 • Biased testimonials; • Appeals to “common folk” and their values (“Drain the swamp”); • Group identification (creating a sense of US versus THEM, i.e. promoting attacks at rallies);
 • Information manipulation (endless flow of lies and misrepresentations coming from the Trump camp); • Image manipulation (demonizing the opposition while creating the impression that “I am the only solution to your problems”). Most will agree those are tools of psychological manipulation that are used by many politi-

cians. Some will try to convince you that Trump used them with overwhelming efficiency. (The popular vote disputes that.)

The big banks hate the CFPB and its investigations into their policies and practices. The agency has recovered more than $1.5 billion for consumers bilked by credit card companies. For the first time, people have a “cop” on the financial beat.

Great administrator At its head, Cordray has earned widespread applause. Consumer groups hail how he’s made the CFPB transparent and responsive. Civil rights groups applaud the progress he’s forced on diversity in hiring and services. He’s gone after lenders and others for charging people of color more for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards. The CFPB has recouped over $400 million in payments and credits to more than 500,000 consumers who experienced discrimination. Now Cohn suggests he plans to weaken the CFPB by firing Cordray. Fire him? He should give him a medal. Under the law, Cordray has been appointed for a term that ends in 2018 and can only be fired for cause. To fire him,

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Our nation cannot and should not support discrimination because since our founding we have aspired to renounce discrimination. We have failed, but we have also struggled to remain true to the ideals woven into the DNA of America. Favoring one religion over the other and punishing entire countries by associating all her citizens with criminal intent flies in the face of our American ideals and the Constitution. Further, it’s a short slide from religious discrimination to racial discrimination. First they came for the Muslims, and you said – what? All people who abhor discrimination must speak up!

Marc Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.

Stoking fear What is unsettling is that he continues to use them to sustain a combative nationalist sense of fear and paranoia. While continuing to feed us the pabulum of his “I am one of you” messaging, Trump has embraced an inner circle of racists, White nationalists, oligarchs, sexists and elitists who threaten any philosophy beyond their own self-interests. Persons familiar with history understand that Trump’s ascendance mirrors those of other authoritarian dictators. The constant name-calling and demonization of opponents support the siege mentality. We must persist in our opposition because it should not feel this way.

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Cohn will have to violate that law.

Turned it over Trump has given his economic policy over to the big bankers. They are gearing up for another predators’ ball. The first regulation Cohn wants to reverse is the “fiduciary rule,” which requires investment advisers to put client’s interests first when they deal with retirement accounts. Banks don’t like the rule because it prohibits investment advisers from peddling products that line their pockets at their clients’ expense. One thing is clear. If Trump’s bankers can get rid of Cordray and geld the CFPB, millions of Americans will lose billions to the tricks and traps of the banks and lenders. Cohn has made Trump’s intentions clear. Now we must rise up and demand that Congress protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from Trump’s Goldman Sachs marauders.

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is president and CEO of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

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Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. Here’s a look at other firsts for American Blacks in politics and law: EVENTS 1861 Civil War begins. 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing most slaves. 1865 to 1877 Reconstruction. Constitution amended three times to provide equal rights to Black Americans. 1865 Civil War ends. The 13th Amendment ratified, outlawing slavery. 1868 The 14th Amendment ratified, granting citizenship to any person born or naturalized in the United States. 1870 The 15th Amendment ratified, guaranteeing Black Americans the right to vote. 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson. Supreme Court decides “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education. Supreme Court finds segregated public schools unconstitutional. 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin. — Karsten Ivey, Sun Sentinel


J.S. Rock Lawyer admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court


Hiram R. Revels U.S. senator (Miss.) Joseph Rainey U.S. Rep. (S.C.)


Rev. Henry Highland Garnet Give a speech in the U.S. Capitol


Jefferson F. Long Speak in House of Representatives as congressman (Ga.)


Charlotte Ray Female lawyer allowed to practice in Washington, D.C.


William Henry Lewis Appointed to a sub-Cabinet post


Violette N. Anderson Female lawyer admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court


Thurgood Marshall U.S. Supreme Court Justice


Harry S. McAlpin Reporter to attend White House press conference


E. Frederic Morrow Hold an executive position on a president’s staff







Andrew Hatcher Assistant presidential press secretary

Patricia Harris Female Cabinet secretary (HUD*)

L. Douglas Wilder Elected governor of a state (Va.)


Robert C. Weaver Edward Brooke U.S. senator (first since Recon- Cabinet secretary (Housing and Urban struction) (Mass.) Development)


Carl Stokes Mayor of a large city (Cleveland)


Shirley Chisholm Female U.S. representative

Clifford Alexander Jr. Secretary of the Army

Colin Powell Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Carol Moseley Braun Female U.S. senator (Ill.)


Donna Brazile Manager of a presidential campaign


Condoleezza Rice National security advisor Colin Powell Secretary of State






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Deltona overcomes adversity to win district title BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

During a rebuilding year, the Deltona High School boys basketball team found a way. The Wolves defeated a talented and deep 24-win Atlantic team 94-90 in the district 7A-5 championship on Feb. 10. “We’ve been playing better lately. We finally got our chemistry and guys started stepping up. We progressed and guys bought into what we’re trying to do,” said Deltona Head Coach Denny Hinson. During the district tournament, the Wolves also took down a talented New Smyrna Beach (18-7) team 63-53 and beat Pine Ridge 71-56. Deltona has won seven of its last nine games.

Hinson and Hinson One of the area’s best talents in 6’6” sophomore guard Blake Hinson. “It’s different this year being the guy. Last year I had my big brother Evan, who is now playing football and basketball at South Carolina. I expected everyone to come after me with him and the players from last year gone,” Blake Hinson said. Coach Hinson added, “Blake is Blake! He does what he does. He is averaging about 30 points. Most teams go box and one on him, but we can count on him.” Blake is Coach Hinson’s son. The younger Hinson is proud of his team’s accomplishments. “We were counted out, but we won when it counts. We’ll have to continue that,” he said.

Other solid players Deltona has an under-the-radar star in 6’2” junior guard Jalen Monroe. “I have a big role. I have no problem being depended upon. I am tasked with defending the best players. I’m not intimidated,” Monroe said. Coach Hinson remarked, “Jalen is a very special player. He is an elite defender that can guard positions one through four. He is up for the challenge. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.” Freshman point guard Malik Hinson, sophomore forward Evan Busby and 6’6” 220-pound junior forward Marcello Payton are the supporting cast. Malik is Coach Hinson’s nephew. “We have a solid group of guys contributing for us seven solid players. We also have two guys coming off the bench that


The Deltona basketball team defied the odds and won the district title this year. They are headed back to the playoffs.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS can start for other teams,” stated Coach Hinson.

Little varsity experience Deltona (15-10) had rough times this season after being dominant in recent years. “We were just a young team. Not many of the guys on this team had varsity experiences,” Monroe said. Blake Hinson echoed, “Many of the guys on this team didn’t have varsity experience heading into the season. They all stepped up, which makes it more special.” The Wolves began the season with only one returning starter after making the Final Four last season. Coach Hinson commented, “We had only one returning starter, a freshman point guard and so many new players. It was tough keeping the guys encouraged. “We lost some close games that we were in throughout the season. Many teams wanted payback on us this year from previous years. They saw an opportunity to make us pay. We were everybody’s big game,” the coach continued.

Gridiron to hoops The Wolves had to wait for football season to end to get their players together. Coach Hinson explained, “This

“I have no problem being depended upon. I am tasked with defending the best players. I’m not intimidated,” said Jaylen Monroe about his team. team is very competitive. Ninety percent of our team plays football. They bring that toughness to the court. They don’t mind mixing it up. Our starting five for the first 10 games were all football players. It’s tough starting the season that way. In the past, there weren’t as many summer and fall leagues for these other sports.”

‘We have a shot’ The Wolves host Auburndale (17-11) to open the playoffs on Feb. 16. The winner faces the winner of Atlantic (24-4) and Orlando Edgewater (19-8) in the re-

Deltona’s Blake Hinson (0) dunks during a game earlier this season. gional semifinals on Feb. 21. The regional finals take place on Feb. 24 and the Final Four is Feb. 28 through March 4. “We just have to continue to play like we have. We must continue to execute, defend and rebound. We are firing on all cylin-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets low fives during driver introductions at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2016. Earnhardt, who had been dealing with concussion symptoms, missed the rest of the NASCAR season.

ders. If we play that way, we can continue to grow. We have a shot. We will be a hard out,” the coach added. Other local playoff teams include Flagler Palm Coast (9A), DeLand (9A), Atlantic (7A) and Deltona Trinity Christian (3A).

Tryouts start Feb. 18 for summer lifeguards Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division plans to hire 150 part-time lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer. Swim tryouts will be on these Saturdays: • Feb. 18: 8 to 11 a.m. at the Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange; and noon to 3 p.m. at the Cypress Aquatic Center, 981 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach • Feb. 25: 8 to 11 a.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive, Ormond Beach; and noon to 3 p.m. at the Cypress Aquatic Center • March 4: 8 a.m. to noon at the Port Orange YMCA; and 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA • March 11: 8 to 11 a.m. at the Ormond Beach YMCA; and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cypress Aquatic Center


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Petty disappointed by Earnhardt Jr.’s return this month to racing BY JOE MARUSAK CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/TNS

Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty thinks driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. should preserve his health by not returning to racing this year. “I was a little disappointed that he did,” Petty told FS1’s NASCAR Race Hub show of Earnhardt Jr.’s decision to get back behind the wheel of a race car. Earnhardt was medically cleared to race this season after missing half of the 2016 season because of a concussion. Petty told Race Hub that Earnhardt has “lived half his life, and he don’t need to be messed up going to the next (half ).” “I just feel like he got through with it two

or three times, and he had some pretty big knocks in the head,” Petty told the show. “I’ve had them, too, I think I still live in one of them, but hitting mine was never that bad.” “He’s got a lot of career, opportunities in front of him,” Petty said. “He could make another career, and racing would be a minor thing for him.”

Most popular Earnhardt, 42, has 26 career victories, the most recent coming in Phoenix’s fall race in 2015. Voted NASCAR’s most-popular driver in 14 consecutive years, Earnhardt told a news conference in late January that he’s not putting any pressure on himself to win

again soon. His first race back will be the seasonopening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. “My fans want me to win and to go out and have a great year and win the championship,” Earnhardt told reporters via audio Richard provided by NASCAR, after Petty testing his No. 88 Chevy for several laps at Phoenix International Raceway. “I don’t know if I feel like I have something to prove, but there is that expectation to compete and go do well. “But I’ve said 100 times: I’ve done more than what I set out to do. I’ve accomplished more than what I thought I would accomplish. I never thought this would happen. I look at my trophies and I can’t believe they’re mine. I’m pretty happy with what I did. I’m blown away how fortunate I’ve been.” For complete details about the Daytona 500, visit Daytonainternationalspeedway. com.

Applicants must be at least 16 on or before June 1 and be able to swim 500 meters freestyle in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards freestyle in under 30 seconds, and run a halfmile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening. Starting pay is $11 per hour. Those who meet the requirements must complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR course and attend recruit class. Recruit classes will be held: • Class 1: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13-18 • Class 2: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25, 26 and April 1, 2, 8, 9 The first day of each class will start at Daytona State College’s Aquatic Center. All other classes will be held at the Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. For more information, visit or call 386-239-6414.




Sorority emphasizes STEM at ‘Hidden Figures’ event

Daytona AKAs donate backpacks

Members of the Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently hosted a private viewing party of the movie “Hidden Figures” at the Epic Theatre of Palm Coast for students in the Flagler County Schools African American Mentoring Program, AGame Camp and ASCEND Network. The film stressed the contributions and significance of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. All three of the key women featured in the film pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Katherine Johnson was honored by President Barack Obama with a 2015 Medal of Freedom. Mary Jackson died in 2005 and Dorothy J. Vaughan passed away in 2008. More than 75 students and mentors filled the auditorium for the Palm Coast viewing. A short discussion followed, focusing on STEM careers, Black history and positive female role models. Theresa Waters is the president of the Chi Delta Omega Chapter. Members Hazel Lockett, Gerri Dillon, Phyllis Pearson, Thea Hines-Jones, Marva Jones, Sue Fray, Janice Jacob and Myra Valentine helped to coordinate the event.

The members of the Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently donated backpacks recently to the Rising Stars Learning Center in Daytona Beach. Sorority members filled the backpacks with school supplies, socks and gloves. Sorority members Barbara Gamble, Shelia Payne and Eyvette Presley passed out the bags. Roslyn Smith, far right, is director of the childcare center.

Halifax Health honors nurses for extraordinary work SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES

Halifax Health recently honored two registered nurses – Kim Albery and Mary Little – as winners of the community health system’s December 2016 DAISY Award recognizing extraordinary nurses.  Kim Albery of New Smyrna Beach has been a Halifax Health employee since 2001.  Originally hired as a licensed practical nurse, Albery, a Daytona State College graduate, became a registered nurse in 2005. 

Through the years, she has worked in a variety of areas at Halifax Health, including women’s health, medical – surgical and dialysis. Albery currently works in the Emergency Department at Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange.

Compasssionate, skillful care Mary Little of Daytona Beach has been a Halifax Health employee since 2009. A Daytona State College graduate, she became a registered nurse in 2004. She previously worked

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Mary Little

in Halifax Health’s EmployMed unit before joining the inpatient oncology team at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. A DAISY Award Partner, Halifax Health encourages patients, visitors, nurses, physicians and employees to nominate a nurse each month for this honor.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. During his eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided not only to him, but his entire family.  The foundation,  whose name DAISY is an acronym for diseases that attack the immune system, has as one of its goals to recognize extraordinary nurses who make an enormous difference in the lives of those they care for with the superhuman work they do everyday.  To learn more about the DAISY Foundation, go to

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Sorority members and students attend a viewing of “Hidden Figures’’ on Feb. 4 at the Epic Theatre in Palm Coast.

Library to host ragtime piano concert David Michael Dowd will play ragtime piano music at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. The Daytona Beach resident became inter-

ested in ragtime piano after watching “The Sting” and “Scott Joplin” in the 1970s. He teaches piano and spends two days a week crafting an invention at Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology Center. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Lorri Davis at or 386257-6036, ext. 16154.

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