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Flagler Deltas host program to empower young men


ELAINE MOORE SMITH: Life in Daytona Beach before the 1964 Civil Rights Act See page 4

Pro athletes helping Obama push health insurance enrollment SEE PAGE 7

East Central Florida’s Black Voice


MARCH 27 - APRIL 2, 2014

YEAR 39 NO. 13

A lesson on civil rights in Daytona Beach Journalists and educators reflect on movement, power of the Black press 50 years ago BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES

The 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil

Rights Act of 1964 has been the topic of several events this year at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, including a panel discussion held Saturday, March 22. Bill Maxwell, an opinion columnist for the Tampa Bay Times and former editor of the Westside Rapper, joined Leonard Lempel, James Daniels, Elaine Moore Smith, Lois Frey Sessoms and Charles W.

Cherry II for a talk on civil rights in Daytona Beach as portrayed by the press. “I really wanted to be part of this movement,” Sessoms, a former dean and professor at BethuneCookman University and author of “I Leave You Love: The Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune,’’ explained. I was one of the soldiers. I wasn’t a leader, but I was one of the soldiers.”

No patrons Daniels recounted a time when he, another Bethune-Cookman College student, and Charles W. Cherry, Sr. participated in a sit-in at a local Woolworth’s lunch counter, but said that when the group looked around they were the only ones in the dining room. He laughed when speaking of how bad Woolworth’s business must al-

ready have been. The purpose of the sit-in was to have as many Black people as possible taking up the seats of any other patrons, but there were no other patrons.

From Rapper to Times A college student and English major at the time, Maxwell had been chosen to be the editor of the Westside Rapper during the civ-

il rights movement. The newspaper was launched in 1969 by Cherry, Sr.,who was a Bethune-Cookman professor, entrepreneur and civil rights activist at the time. In 1978, the Westside Rapper was succeeded by the Daytona Times. “We would ride around town and throw them into the yards,” Maxwell said about the paper. “The stories that we wrote, the Please see LESSON, Page 2

Local charities to receive over 35K from golf tournament BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES

The 35th Annual Mayor’s Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament was held March 21 at the Daytona Beach Golf Club on Wilder Avenue. Participating were 134 golfers, who raised money for Mayor Derrick Henry’s designated charities – the Keech Street Children’s Clinic and the Rose Marie Bryan House in Daytona Beach. “It was a huge success,” Henry remarked. “We raised over $35,000 to benefit two of our most important and committed charities – both of whom serve our most disenfranchised residents. The participants were thrilled, and it is our most successful tournament to date.” Keech Street Children’s Clinic provides a full range of pediatric care for patients up to age 18, with reduced fee or patient assistance services. The Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center is the oldest after-school children’s center in Daytona Beach serving very low-to-moderate income families in a “Christian-based environment for atrisk children… that encourages education and positive self-esteem.”

Winners of the tourney

Above: Mayor Derrick Henry is pictured with the winners of the Mayor’s 35th Annual Pro-Am/Golf Tournament Friday.

Using a scramble format, each foursome was paired with a PGA golf professional so the group had the option of using the professional’s ball on each hole. The winners shooting a score of 52 in the “Shamble” format were tournament chairman Joe Petrock, Victor Loman, Jim Carley and Tim Foley. The 2014 Daytona Beach Open also was held March 22-23. Nick Lindheim of Satellite Beach captured the professional division with a winning score of 63-68-131. The amateur division was won by Daytona Beach native Tyler Gulliksen of Coronada, Calif. Tyler is a Naval Academy graduate, who is serving in the U.S. Navy.


Emory Counts makes his way to the golf grounds before teeing off for the Mayor’s Annual charity golf tournament. DUANE C. FERNANDEZ, SR./ HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Daytona State students will travel to Haiti to observe, work at school SPECIAL TO THE TIMES


Shown are students attending College Susan Schuenke, in Cap Haitien, Haiti.


A group of Daytona State College students will travel to Haiti this spring to help make a difference in the lives of children attending a “little sister school” there. The group will travel to College Susan Schuenke, a pre-K through grade 13 school in the city of Cap Haitian May 29 through June 5 as part of Teaching Beyond Borders, a service-learning initiative founded by School of Education Professor Donald May. The group of 13 will primarily include Bachelor of Science in Education majors, a few Associate of Arts majors and one nursing student. May’s colleagues, education professors Margie Hensler and Maryann Gromoll, also will make the trip. “We want to fill a need with sustainable

changes,” May said of the group’s mission. “We want to win these teachers over and at the same time show our own future teachers another perspective we believe will serve them well in their careers.”

Seeking donations

Donald May

The group is soliciting cash donations through the Daytona State College Foundation to help offset the nearly $1,800-per-person cost for the trip, much of which will be borne by the students themselves. They also have been collecting in-kind donations: equipment such as bulbs for over-


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MARCH 27 – APRIL 2, 2014

Public asked to weigh in on memorial bridge Public input is being sought by the Volusia County’s Project Advisory Committee on the design aspects for the replacement of the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge. The project extends from City Island Parkway east along Orange Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue to South Peninsula Drive connecting the island to the beach side in Daytona Beach. In addition to a high-rise

bridge, which will sit twice as high as it does currently, the project includes a bicycle and pedestrian path, fishing piers, veteran memorials, a riverside memorial area, lighting and landscaping. The new $43 million secured for construction will be completely funded with federal dollars and is expected to begin in early 2015.

Tuesday meeting According to a release by the county, “The focus of this meeting will be on minor aesthetics. Public input will be accepted at the end of the meeting. Additional meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held monthly.” The meeting will be in the boardroom of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, 126 E. Orange

Ave., from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. The Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge is slated to be torn down early next year. Its remains may be buried at sea to form an artificial reef. In its place will be a new bridge with graceful arches at its center. For more information, call Volusia County Engineer Jerry Brinton at 386736-5967, ext. 12294.

Huger golf tournament takes place April 19

The Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will present its third annual Jimmy Huger Scholarship Golf Tournament April 19 with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Huger is a longtime member of the fraternity. The tournament will be held at the Daytona Beach Golf Club, 600 Wilder Blvd. Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for local high school seniors attending college as freshmen in the fall of 2014. For more information, contact John Leland Huger at 386-566-8393.

Above is a rendering of what the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge will look like after its construction, which will begin in 2015.


Jazz and blues singer to perform at NSB library


W.G. Watts, left, Larry Haynes, Dwight Lewis and Jordon Lewis were first-place winners of the golf tourney last year. They are shown with Dr. James Huger, seated, and local Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity president Al Bouie.

Jazz and blues vocalist Sybil Gage will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Her performance will include pre-war blues, vaudeville, traditional jazz and original compositions. Born and raised in New Orleans, Gage had frontrow schooling in jazz and blues. She has released two CDs of original material, has performed on Bourbon Street, and is a regular at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the Noble “Thin Man” Watts Festival in DeLand. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 386-424-2910.

Open Mic Poetry Festival set for April 19


Bill Maxwell talks about the Westside Rapper newspaper, the ‘ancestor’ of the Daytona Times.

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(Daytona Beach) NewsJournal didn’t cover.”

Free smoking cessation class starts April 8

Founder’s impact Cherry II, publisher of the Daytona Times and sister paper, the Florida Courier, gave insight to the man so many of the other panelists brought up while speaking – his father Charles Cherry, Sr. The senior Cherry also was a longtime president of the Florida NAACP and served as a Daytona Beach City Commissioner from 1995 until his died in 2004. “The family believed in education,” Cherry II explained. “I think he is one of the most underrated, unrecognized historical Black figures in the city. I want you to understand something about my dad. We came from a big family and our history starts about 150 years ago, right after the Civil War with my great-great grandfather, Steve Barlow, who had 19 kids and amassed about 100 acres of land.”

College a must “Over a period of time, the family began to lose that land and, according to family lore, the family decided that they had to send one of those 19 kids to school. They sent my greatgreat Aunt Leila to high


from Page 1 head projectors, laptop computers for teachers, white paint, recreational equipment and various school supplies. This semester, the students have been learning strategies for teaching English language learners

Experience the power of poetry during the sixth annual Open Mic Poetry Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Poets of all styles are invited to perform their original works. Participants must be 18 or older to read. To register to perform, call 386-424-2910 or sign up at the library’s reference desk. The festival is hosted by the Poet’s Corner Poetry Workshop and sponsored by the Friends of the Library in recognition of National Poetry Month.

A free, six-week program designed to meet the needs of smokers who want to quit will be held at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 301 Memorial Medical Parkway,

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The panel discussion featured information on the life of the late Charles W. Cherry, Sr. school, to Spelman College, then to the University of Wisconsin, and then to Alabama State University, where she taught for 40 years. “For every generation, they would select someone to go to college. The next person was my great Aunt Mabel. She went to Alabama State and graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree. By the time Dad was selected, almost anyone could go,’’ Cherry II continued. Cherry Sr. attended Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The same thing that Dr. King was listening to, Dad was listening to as well.

and working in teams to develop projects that will promote literacy in the local Haitian community, skills they can transfer to their own stateside communities, particularly rural ones, when they earn their degrees and begin their teaching careers.

Lesson for education majors “Our education majors

Elaine Moore Smith, a retired Alabama State University professor, also reflected on life in Daytona Beach during the civil rights movement. Smith is a daughter of former Bethune-Cookman President Dr. Richard V. Moore. James, an entrepreneur, and Lempel a professor of history at Daytona State College, also reflected on

the impact of the press in Daytona Beach decades ago. The library will continue its commemoration of the signing of the Civil Rights Act with Author Michael Pyle discussing his book, “White Sugar, Brown Sugar’’ on April 5 at 2 p.m., and a Community Read Program featuring “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction. It will be led by the author, Gilbert King. More information on the series can be found at or 386-257-6037.

will work directly in the classroom with Haitian teachers, observing and working on their projects,” May said. “Students with no education experience will help with physical improvements to the school and playground, and participating in activities during recess.” The students also will conduct a needs assessment that will be used by Teaching Beyond Borders

participants next year, and will prepare presentations for symposiums offered through Daytona State’s School of Education. Anyone interested in contributing to the Haiti project can go to the website and follow the group’s activities on Facebook.

King graduated in 1948 and my dad in 1949,” Cherry Jr. noted. Decades later, Cherry II and brother, Dr. Glenn Cherry, followed in their father’s footsteps and matriculated at the Atlanta institution.

More reflections

Daytona Beach. The program begins April 8  and meets each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. until May 13. Participants are encouraged to get support by attending as many programs as they want and can attend over and over until they are confident about being smoke-free. Participants will be provided a book and other helpful tools along the way to make the process easier. The program, which was designed by an ex-smoker and is led by a trained facilitator, will guide participants through the many issues related to quitting smoking, including coping with anger, sleep problems and cravings, managing stress, how physical activity and healthy food choices make quitting smoking easier, how to prevent relapse and what to do when friends and family smoke around you. Registration is required; call 1-877-784-8486.

Church to offer session for men Jesus People Covenant Church in South Daytona will host an informational awareness session for The Men Advance (No Man Left Behind) on March 29. The session will inform men of the various resources available to them in the community. The session is 9 a.m. to noon March at the church, 1801 S. Nova Road, Suite 308. For more information, contact Pastor Ricarrdo Spencer at 386-675-6927. The website is

FAMU Alumni Association meets March 28 The Volusia County chapter of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Alumni Association will meet at 6 p.m. March 28 at Stewart Memorial Methodist Church, 300 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, call 386-236-9518.

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MARCH 27 – APRIL 2, 2014 COMMUNITY DECEMBER 14 - 20, 2006

Sorority helps young men with ‘navigating the ‘game of life’ A local sorority has positioned itself with sharing the focus and progress of young males. Vikki Taylor has communicated that members of the Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently presented their Annual EMBODI Day of Impact. The theme was “Navigating the Game of Life.” Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence (EMBODI) is a national initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It focuses on AfricanAmerican males and recognizes the need to morally assist them as they grow toward maturity, independent work, while living in today’s society. The Day of Impact was held at Bunnell City Hall. The community was invited for the free event made possible by sponsorship from Walmart, the Holley Group, Wendy’s, the Golden Corral, Winn-Dixie, and the Flagler County Family Life Center. Partners representing the day’s events, along with the Palm Coast/Flagler County Deltas were Flagler County schools, Flagler County NAACP, and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Taking a page from their playbook, an anonymous writer analyzes that on behalf of the Flagler County NAACP Education Committee, “I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for bringing an excellent symposium to the young men of Flagler, Putnam, Duval, and Volusia counties.’’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Tell” was a tearjerker that the young men will long remember and gain added courage to overcome any obstacles they may face. “Cour-

College students to perform at Riverfront Music Festival Daytona State College performing arts and music production students will showcase their talents on Beach Street as part of the Riverfront Music Festival slated for Saturday, March 22, from 1 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature music, food and an eclectic selection of arts and crafts, photography exhibits by Daytona State School of Photography students and prize giveaways.   “There are a lot of great things happening in downtown Daytona Beach, with some pretty cool new businesses opening, and Daytona State is proud to be a part of it,” said Jake Niceley, who chairs the Music Production Technology program at the college’s downtown News-Journal Center. Daytona State’s Music Industry Club students are tentatively scheduled to perform in the morning at the Farmers Market on City Island. Then at 1 p.m., six contemporary music student ensembles whose repertoires range from rock to jazz and everything in between will take the stage at the corner of Beach Street and Magnolia Avenue.   In between sets, members of the DSC Theater Department’s Student Improvisation group will perform. And the evening will highlight music by Are Friends Electric (5 p.m.) and The Love Band (7 p.m.). Visit Daytona State’s Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art website to learn more about degree and certificate program offerings in dance, drama, studio arts, music and music production. Saturday’s event is presented by the Daytona International Auto Mall and sponsored by the Downtown Daytona Beach Development Authority, Daytona Beach News-Journal, WNDB, WLOV, Brown & Brown Insurance and Gateway Bank of Florida. For more information, visit  

Cultural Council to meet March 28

The Cultural Council of Volusia County will meet at 9 a.m. March 28 at Halifax Historical Society Museum, 252 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. Members will 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 Finch-


age Under Pressure” and “Man Up” with remarks from School Superintendent Jacob Oliva, Katrina Townsend, Timothy King, Donna Easterling, Chapter President Lalita H. Thomas, the PCFCAC Deltas, and Pastor Derrick Jackson made for an informative morning and afternoon. Lunch, gift cards and goody bags “put the icing on the cake.” Thanks again to all who made this event a smashing success. All Flagler County students could benefit from similar presentations. We especially wish that the 90 African-American-Flagler County students we will meet with this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday could have the opportunity of receiving the presentation. The messages imparted would go a long way to begin to motivate students to be all they can be.

AACS taking donations for Relay for Life Once again, the African American Cultural Society (AACS) has partnered with organizations, which are serving the community. Relay for Life Team Captains Alfreda Brown and Cynthia Bachoo hung out in the lobby of the AACS for raising funds so that others can celebrate more birthdays. Relay for Life involves more than just walking around a track.   The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will be held

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. partnered with other groups to present their EMBODI Day of Impact. April 4-5 at Palm Coast Town Center with the opening ceremony to take place April 4, 6 p.m. Various community teams will be participating all night. Survivors will walk the first lap of the track. The Luminaria Ceremony will remember those who are survivors and loved ones who have passed away from the disease. Entertainment will be Alfreda featured, includBrown ing activities set up at the camp-

sites for onsite fund-raising. Brown and Bachoo have represented the AACS at monthly meetings and fundraisers for Relay for Life. They have spent time logging in donations to the official website. They are setting up a booth at the campsite for the event to fund raise additional money. It was in 2010 that the team captains made $5 raffle tickets for winning a “basket of cheer.” Their campsite had a chic theme: “The Cotton Club” that displayed Harlem’s 1920s nightspot. Also, during that year, former AACS Board Chairman Richard Barnes was one of the individuals who

camped out overnight and demonstrated a reminder that cancer never sleeps. If you’d like to donate funds to the Relay for Life campaign, contact the African American Cultural Society at 386-447-7030. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebration Birthday wishes to my son, Christopher, in Cambria Heights, New York, March 27; Barbara Jackson, March 28; and Shirley Jones, March 29.

Daytona State seeking actors for ‘Once on This Island’ The Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment and Art at Daytona State College will conduct open auditions for “Once on This Island’’ at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the News-Journal Center at 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach. In addition, the open audition is an opportunity for both theater and non-theater majors to apply for scholarships; these are awarded to DSC students who participate in theatre classes or productions – tuition scholarships range from $600 to $2,400 per academic year.  “Once on This Island,’’ the highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairytale “The Little Mermaid,’’ is an almost non-stop song and dance show. It tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. After Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice and hatred. Appropriate and entertaining for the whole family.

Roles needed  • Ti Moune: Female Lead. A naive peasant girl in Haiti whose life is being led/ helped by the gods. The heroine. Young, full of restless energy and fervor, she is immature and even a little selfish in her single-minded quest for freedom. Requires a strong dancer. Soprano with belt. • Young Ti Moune: (5-12) Also plays the child for whom the story is told. Energetic, confident and sweet with a strong speaking and singing voice. • Daniel Beauxhomme: Male Lead. A wealthy Haitian, who is cared for by Ti Moune after a car crash. Sensitive and poetic, he must be quite convincing as a romantic interest for the spirited Ti Moune. Tenor. • Erzulie: Goddess of Love. A mentor for Ti Moune. Ethereal. Loving. The most approachable of the gods, but ultimately er at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872 or

County to meet with Teamsters April 1 Staff from Volusia County’s Personnel Division will meet with the Teamsters Local 385, which represents sheriff’s deputies, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. The negotiations meeting will be in the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office fourth-floor conference room, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Learn about exercise, aging and tai chi Learn about exercise and aging during a free presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island. Reina Williams, healthy living coordinator for the Volusia-Flagler YMCA, will offer evidence-


Clockwise from left: Shown in a “Once on This Island’’ production at Alfred University in New York are Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Erzulie, Goddess of love; Agwe, God of water; and Papa Ge, God of death. Daytona State College will present the production in June. no less egocentric; by love, she means romance. Requires a strong Soprano. • Agwe: God of Water. A mentor for Ti Moune. Larger than life. Mysterious. Requires a very strong singer with a dramatic voice and big range; Baritone/Bass. • Asaka: Mother of the Earth. A mentor for Ti Moune. Spunky. Happy. Requires a strong singer – soprano with belt. • Papa Ge: God of Death. Antagonist embodying the fears of all the peasants, and easy to dislike. Dark Tenor. • Mama Euralie: Ti Moune’s adoptive mother, protective, superstitious, fiercely loving and strong willed. Alto. • Tonton Julian: He is Ti Moune’s adoptive father, and from him she has learned the sacrificial love she demonstrates later. Caring, loving – a typical father. Baritone/ Tenor. • Storytellers: (All ages) Narrators of the

based information and lead a sample tai chi class. Tai chi uses slow, gentle movements to improve flexibility, balance, and range of motion. If you wish to participate in the exercise, come dressed in loose clothing. Reservations are not required for this free program. For more information, call the library at 386-257-6036, ext. #16264, or visit

Assistance for homeless veterans available The Salvation Army offers help to homeless veterans and those at risk for homelessness through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The program is available to all veterans in Volusia and Flagler counties who meet eligibility. For those veterans who are homeless, it can provide assistance to help them transition into per-

story of Ti Moune. Predominantly speaking roles. • Andrea Devereaux: Daniel’s betrothed – she seems cold at first, but turns out to be both humane and determined. Mezzo. • Monsieur Beauxhomme: Daniel’s father. Baritone.  Participants should prepare one-minute song (if auditioning for the musical) and monologue; bring sheet music in the correct key and a headshot and résumé if available, as well as a list of conflicts within the rehearsal/performance dates.   Production dates for “Once on This Island:’’ June 6-7, 12-14, at 7:30 p.m., and June 6, 8, 13 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. - held in the Gillespy Theater, News-Journal Center.  For more information about the audition and scholarship application, call 386-2261903 or email

manent housing. For those who are housed but at-risk, it helps to maintain them in permanent housing. For further information or to set up an appointment for assistance, call 386- 236-2020 ext. 213 or email

County to collect hazardous waste in Ormond Beach, DeBary Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division will host free collection events for household hazardous materials April 11 and 12. Residents may drop off old paint, solvents, automobile and household batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, other household chemicals, and up to 10 fluorescent lamps at these locations: • Ormond Beach Public Works, 501 N. Orchard St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 11

• DeBary City Hall, 16 Columba Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12 Only unmixed household hazardous waste will be accepted. Insulin needles will be accepted in approved containers; the containers will not be returned. Businesses are not eligible for free disposal. Residents also may bring their household hazardous waste to the Tomoka Landfill in Port Orange or the West Volusia Transfer Station in DeLand year-round for free disposal. The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both facilities provide free paint exchange programs and electronic waste recycling. For more information, call Volusia County’s Solid Waste Division at 386-947-2952.



MARCH 27 – APRIL 2, 2014

Life in Daytona Beach before the 1964 Civil Rights Act Editor’s note: These are excerpts of a three-page letter Elaine Moore Smith wrote on May 31, 1963 to participants in an experimental Methodist Lay Institute in the Black Hills of South Dakota, on July 14, 1962. Fourteen college students came from Kindu, Congo (Africa) to participate in the Institute. Ms. Smith was the only Black American in attendance. She read this letter to the audience attending last week’s panel discussion at City Island Library on Daytona’s civil rights era. …(Nothing) appears worth relating when compared to the experiences that have been a part of my daily life because I am a Negro…I see Negro college graduates scrubbing floors in lieu of a better job opportunity…I myself am forced into a cloistered existence alienated year-round from situations that are the heart of this community. I believe if Negroes were affluent, they would simply move into the psychiatrist’s office. But we are not. Therefore, we bear an inner whirlpool of frustration and conflict that lingers unrelieved and unobserved by the unsuspecting viewer. Look at the paradoxes that inhabit my mind: It’s good that something such as the Peace Corp is integrated; it’s bad that Negroes join, for they need to fight for freedom in the U.S. And just why should they improve the Ameri-

and conflict to which I have alluded.


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No time like the present I love life, but if I knew this nation was going to be devastated, I’d sing “Alleluia,” for Whites stand to lose more than us Black folk. I’d like to be free to move uninhibited such as I did in South Dakota; but I can’t run away from racial discrimination. …Negroes such as I want our rightful legacy as human beings now-and not sometime in the unknown future. Therefore, my friends and I are forced to parade in the streets subjected to the inclinations of city officials and other White citizens. We sing “We Shall Overcome” and “We Shall Not Be Moved.” But an increasing number of us eighteen million Negroes are overcome. For we have neither the nonviolent nature of Martin Luther King, or the courage and stamina of James Meredith, or the mental and spiritual equilibrium of Howard Thurman. We move from a historically precarious mental state to one akin to the Black Muslims. We move deeper into that whirlpool of frustration

Give me my rights In a ‘liberal’ city such as Daytona Beach, there are five colored students attending formerly allWhite schools, and that’s compliance for you with the Supreme Court’s 1954 school desegregation decision. I want my rights. I’m asking for nothing more or nothing less. As far as I’m concerned, White people can keep their love; just don’t deny me what should be mine, such as a job if I have acceptable qualifications (other than being White) and such as no segregated medical facilities at tax-supported hospitals if I’ m ill. But the spirit of God just will not let me hold tenaciously to this position even thought I want to do so. Whites and Negroes must learn to live together in the arena of normal living. We both share the responsibility of securing for [all] ... effective citizenship.

Elaine M. Smith, a native Floridian, is a historian and an Alabama State University retired professor. She is the fifth of nine children born to former Bethune-Cookman College President Richard V. Moore and B. J. Moore. Click on this story at to write your own response.

Democrats can be racists, too Two weeks ago, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) set off a firestorm of controversy by saying on the syndicated radio talk show of Bill Bennett: “…we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work; and so there’s a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with…” This made up controversy about Ryan is a bunch of garbage. People need to be much more judicious in labeling someone as a “racist.” It is a very damning term that should only be used under the most extreme of circumstances. What Ryan said was stupid, but not racist.

A good guy We, who are in public life or have a media platform, all say stupid things at some point in our lives. But our lives should not be destroyed by the mistakes we make. Rather, our lives should be affirmed by the totality of the contributions we make to society. By this standard, Ryan is definitely a good guy. Not surprisingly, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) sharply criticized Ryan. Strangely, they never direct similar anger at President Obama, even after he willfully disrespected them and ignored them for five years and counting. Republicans are constantly accused of ignoring the Black community because they are racists. So does that also


make Obama a racist? Just asking. U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), former head of the CBC, called Ryan’s comments a “thinly veiled racial attack.” House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) spokesman called his remarks “shameful and wrong.”

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warned Ryan about this issue, but he didn’t get it. Bob Woodson, founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, has been taking Ryan all across the country to meet with inner city Blacks to discuss possible policy solutions to deal with some of the issues they deem important. Ryan refused to do any media surrounding this personal initiative with him and Woodson because he’s doing it because he cares, not because he wants media attention.” Paul, they are not mutually exclusive; it’s not either or, but both and. This is what I call “white Republicanitis:” doing the right thing but in the wrong way. If Ryan had followed my counsel, then he would have some goodwill in the bank to draw down from during his moment of crises. I have done several media interviews about this Ryan flap and when I shared with the interviewer/host what Woodson was doing with Ryan, they all indicated that they had no knowledge of this. Most looked shocked, as though they couldn’t reconcile the idea of a White Republican going into the Black community because that is the antithesis of their view of a Republican. Maybe now Ryan will start engaging with the Black media.

If you only go by the media coverage, a person can only be a racist if they are a White Republican. So, allow me to give you a little Democratic history. During the Democratic primary of 2008, our “real” first Black president, Bill Clinton had this to say about Obama’s campaign, “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.” The response from the CBC and white Democrats? Crickets! Nothing. Laryngitis. The morning after Obama’s 28-point blowout of Hillary in South Carolina, Bill Clinton called Obama another Jesse Jackson (meant in a negative way). Of course, who could forget Bill Clinton’s Sista Soulja moment from Raynard Jackson is president the 1992 campaign? Again, Crick- & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Asets! Nothing. Laryngitis. sociates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/gov‘White Republicanitis’ ernment affairs firm. Click on There is also the issue of what I this story at www.daytonatimes. call “White Republicanitis.” I have com to write your own response.

Don’t wait for Obama to fight Alright team, here we are again approaching the midterm elections. Having won both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, we have to notice that Obama, who is an excellent campaigner, simply does not seem to know how to fight once he has the task of governing. He either concedes ground prematurely, e.g., freezing federal workers’ pay, or becomes oddly passive. In the lead up to the 2010 midterm elections this resulted in the disaster of that November. We are now approaching November 2014 and it feels like more of the same. Waiting for Obama to stand up and fight is pointless. While he may be forced into a fight, as in the situation of the government shutdown of 2013, we have to be clear that it is simply not his preferred activity. He seems to believe that he can somehow stand above the chaos despite the fact that there are those who seek to cut him off at his knees.

Exclude Obama Rather than despair, it is time to take President Obama out of the equation. November 2014 must be about the issues that are of most importance to regular people and about candidates who will fight



for them. Let’s start with healthcare. There is little question that the Obama administration bungled the roll-out of healthcare reform. But it is more important to acknowledge that we needed something stronger and more universal than the Affordable Healthcare Act. In fact, we needed Medicare for all. Here are my questions, which you should ask yourself and your friends: What will this mean for seniors? What will this mean for people with pre-existing conditions? What will it mean for young people? So, not only do we not need what the Republicans are offering, we need more than what Obama offered.

Never enough Let’s try another. The Republicans were really upset about the Stimulus of 2009. Well, without that, the economy would have remained in freefall. The Repub-

licans had no answer for that. They still don’t have one. Yet, the Obama stimulus was not enough. It was not enough in terms of the total dollar amount but it was also not enough in the manner in which it was utilized. We need to have an economic redevelopment program that promotes new industries that address the environmental crisis. We need economic redevelopment that focuses on the occupants of the dead and dying cities where the private sector will not invest. We need to elect candidates who stand for a different path. So, as we look towards November 2014 let’s stop the whining and get busy. Waiting for President Obama to raise the flag of fighting back is, at best, wishful thinking. But the results of November 2014 are more important than how we are feeling about Obama at this moment. They need to be grounded in the sort of future we want for our families. Let’s roll.

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Rand Paul tries to recast his racial views Question: What do you call someone who believes White shopkeepers and owners of other large and small businesses have the “right” to discriminate against Black people? Answer: Rand Paul. That answer, of course, came from the Kentucky Republican senator’s own lips during his 2010 campaign for the office when in an interview MSNBC. com talk-show host Rachel Maddow asked him his views on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Paul did not say he approved of discriminating against anyone. Nonetheless, he asserted, it was wrong for the landmark civil rights act to prevent owners of private businesses from barring certain people as customers. This was a matter of principle, and besides, the way America’s freemarket economy operated, all Blacks and others who encountered such discrimination had to do was to find another similar business that would accept them.  The scorching blowback to that hypocrisy has subsequently forced Paul ever since to try to obscure the meaning of his remarks to Maddow. But the fact that he appended a critical “out” –  “The dispute, if there is one, has always been about how much of that remedy should come under federal or state or private purview.” – did not go unnoticed.

Blame Obama Paul’s need to continue to cast his true racial views and recent hiring practices in shadow are part of the relevant framework for considering his speech March 19 to students at the University of California at Berkeley that garnered so much attention. The speech came as Paul is locked in an increasingly bitter battle with Texas Senator Ted Cruz for front-runner contender status for the GOP 2016 presidential nomination. The real attention-getting part – which Paul’s staff the day before made sure the media knew was coming – was Paul’s assertion that President Obama had a particular racial duty to rein in illegal spying. Paul declared he found it “ironic that the first African-American president has, without compunction, allowed this vast exercise of


raw power by the [National Security Agency]. “Certainly J. Edgar Hoover’s [Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the 1920s to the 1960s] illegal spying on Martin Luther King and others in the civil rights movement should give us all pause.”

National security Paul, sliding away from history’s messy complexities, said nothing about the fact that all of Obama’s White presidential predecessors had either directly approved or allowed to continue domestic intelligence programs that put White citizens under surveillance, too. And because, according to the strictures Paul himself had set, all the questions he was asked had to be submitted beforehand and were vetted by a moderator from the school’s Republican student club, Paul was not asked to say anything further about that particular topic.   Today’s government surveillance efforts – set in place by the Bush administration, which Paul, true to form, did not mention – are by contrast the direct product of what the terrible events of September 2001 made manifest – that America, like all nations, are vulnerable to mass-destructive attacks by rogue terrorist groups and so-called lone-wolf operatives.   The discussion about how far such domestic surveillance efforts should go in the face of that clear danger is, given America’s Constitution, truly a matter of national security. But that’s not what Rand Paul is interested in.

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STRESS LESS AT YOUR NEXT SHOT VISIT Even though you know vaccines are protecting your baby against diseases, it doesn’t make it less stressful for you to see your little one get shots. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can support your child before, during and after shots.

How to stop diseases before they start FROM FAMILY FEATURES

As a parent, you make decisions every day to keep your child safe and healthy, which include keeping your child up-to-date on vaccines to help protect against serious diseases. You may wonder if the diseases that vaccines prevent are even a threat to your child, how they offer protection and why your child needs to get their shots at certain ages. Learning about vaccines will help you better understand why the disease protection they provide is so important for you and your family.

Germs, germs everywhere There are many ways your child could be exposed to germs, like bacteria and viruses, that cause diseases. For example, germs could come from people coughing or sneezing around them or when they put toys in their mouths. When these germs get into your child’s body — through their eyes, nose, mouth, or open cuts — they attack and multiply. This invasion is called an infection, which is what makes your child sick. Your child’s immune system then has to work to fight it off.

If your child has received a vaccine to protect him against a disease, it will help his immune system safely fight off the disease, and develop immunity. Vaccines act like, or imitate, an infection. This “imitation” infection does not cause illness, but instead, it causes the immune system to react in a way similar to how it does to a real infection. As a result, your child’s immune system will create cells to recognize and fight the vaccine-preventable disease in the future. This protection is called immunity.

Immunity stops outbreaks Immunity is important to protect your child against vaccine-preventable diseases, like whooping cough — also known as pertussis — and chickenpox, both of which still occur in the United States. If people stopped vaccinating, even the few cases of the vaccine-preventable diseases that don’t occur as commonly in the United States, like measles, could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases. Some of these diseases are still common in other parts of the world. You may think this isn’t a problem if you don’t travel to these countries, but your child could

PREVENTABLE DISEASES Make sure your baby gets all doses of each vaccine according to the CDC’s schedule for best protection against 14 serious diseases before he turns two years old: Chickenpox Diphtheria Flu (Influenza) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Measles

Mumps Polio Pneumococcal Disease Rotavirus Rubella Tetanus Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

come into contact with international travelers anywhere in your community. Kids that are not fully vaccinated and are exposed to a disease can become seriously sick and spread it through a community. To stop the spread of a disease, the majority of a community has to be immunized against that disease. When the majority of the community has the safe, proven protection of the vaccine, the outbreak doesn’t get the opportunity to keep spreading.

Timing is everything When you vaccinate your child according to CDC’s recommended schedule, you are providing him with the best protection early in life, before he is exposed to life-threatening diseases. This recommended schedule is designed to protect infants and children by providing immunity when they are suscep­ tible to diseases. The consequences of these diseases can be very serious, and even lifethreatening, for infants and young children. The CDC sets the U.S. childhood immunization schedule based on recommendations from a group of medical and public health experts called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This group carefully studies all safety and effectiveness data to make recommendations about vaccines. The ACIP also looks at how severe the disease is, and the number of children who get it when there is no vaccine.

Vaccines give you the power to protect Immunizations have helped to greatly improve the health of children in the United States. By continuing to vaccinate your baby according to the recommended immunization schedule, you are giving him the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses before he is two years old. To learn more about immunizations, visit the CDC online at parents or call 800-CDC-INFO.

BEFORE GETTING SHOTS Read any vaccine materials you receive from your child’s health care professional and write down questions. Pack a favorite toy or book, and a blanket that your child uses regularly for comfort. For older children Be honest with your child. Explain that shots can pinch or sting, but that it won’t hurt for long. AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE Ask the doctor the questions you wrote down ahead of time. Sit the child upright on your lap. Distract and comfort your child by cuddling, singing or talking softly. Ask your child’s doctor for advice on steps you can take to comfort your child at home. For older children Take deep breaths with your child to help “blow out” the pain. Point out interesting things in the room to help create distractions. Tell or read stories. Support your child if he or she cries. Never scold a child for not “being brave.” AFTER THE SHOTS Review information your doctor gives you about the shots, especially the Vaccine Information Statements or other sheets that outline which side effects might be expected. Use a cool, wet cloth to reduce any redness, soreness or swelling from the injection. Give your child lots of liquid. It’s normal for some children to eat less during the 24 hours after getting vaccines. Pay extra attention to your child for a few days. If you see something that concerns you, call your doctor.



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President teams up with athletes to push Obamacare BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE

than their White peers.

WASHINGTON – In the final, frenzied push to boost health insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama turned to sports figures to promote the health care law on television and online. Riding on the wave of NCAA basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, the move could capture the attention of young Blacks, who often view celebrities and professional athletes as positive role models. Visitors to the http:// w w w . w h i t e h o u s e. g ov / acabracket web page can still download the president’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, which exploded like thousands of other brackets last week when 14thranked Mercer University upset third-ranked Duke University 78-71 in the second round. Online viewers also voted on in a video contest titled “The 16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered.” A video titled, “Women can’t be charged more than men” featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and NBA superstar LeBron James video bombing Miami Heat players Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra won the People’s Choice Award in the short video contest inspired by the Affordable Care Act.

In a study on high school sports participation and educational attainment, researchers from the University of Minnesota reported that Black boys “are 1.6 times more likely than their White counterparts to play football, and 2.5 times more likely to play basketball.” The University of Minnesota study observed: “When other factors are controlled for, Black males are actually 2.5 times more likely to play football and 5.7 times more likely to play basketball than White males.” NBA veteran Shane Battier said that sooner or later, if you’re active and you play sports, chances are you’re going to get banged up at some point. “The bottom line is this: You have to protect yourself and make sure that if you get hurt on the court or on the field that you’re covered,” said Battier.

‘Protect yourself’


Miami Heat’s LeBron James joins President Barack Obama, right, at the podium during an event honoring the 2012 NBA champions in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2013. The president is getting an assist from James and others to get more Americans signed up for health care coverage before March 31. similar ads. The ads, largely paid for by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could go a long way in sparking conversations about the need for health insurance coverage in the Black community. According to a study by the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Black children and teens are exposed to at least 80 percent more ads than their White peers. Commercials often feature more positive portrayals of Black men when compared to primetime television. According to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), almost 2 million Americans suffered sportsrelated injuries, including ankle and knee sprains that landed them in the emergency room, one of the most expensive places to get medical treatment. “Some sports-related injuries, such as sprained an-

Magic, Mourning featured too When serious and casual college basketball fans tune in to ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA-TV to catch up on March Madness action, they’ll see NBA superstar Lebron James in a 30-second television ad encouraging people, especially young, healthy people to get covered. NBA legend Magic Johnson and former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, each who have battled highly publicized health problems, appeared in

kles, may be relatively minor, while others, such as head or neck injuries, can be quite serious,” stated the HHS report.

Lots of sports injuries The report sports-related injuries continued: “The most common of these were ankle or knee sprains and leg fractures. Estimated rates of sports-related injuries were even higher among children and young adults under the age of 25. An estimated 12 million individuals between the ages of 5 and 22 years suffer a sports related injury annually, and about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits are among children 6 to 19 years of age.” The most common basketball injuries for adults 25 to 40 years old were ankle and knee sprains, then facial injuries and broken fingers. NBA veteran and Miami Heat forward Shane Battier

said that through 25 years of competitive basketball, he has received over 90 stitches from elbows to the face, sprained his ankles more than 25 times, suffered broken elbows, reconstructive ankle surgery and arthritis in the knees and the hip. “These injuries can happen to anyone,” said Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “For those without health insurance they can be very expensive.”

Cost of injuries According to the Health and Human Services report: “For 25- to 40-yearolds, the estimated average charges for a leg fracture were about $3,403 while the estimated average charges for an arm fracture were about $7,666 (2011 dollars), according to 2009-2011 pooled data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.” In 2012, emergency de-

partments treated nearly 600,000 basketball injuries. For adults, sprains cost on average $2,294 and broken arms cost $7,666, medical expenses that most people would struggle to pay out of pocket the report noted. Emergency rooms reported almost 500,000 football injuries coming through their doors and about 10,000 of those required hospitalization. The costs associated with treating a broken leg for someone 10- to 19 years-old was $4,700 and a broken arm cost almost $3,000. Charges for treating dislocations for the same age group averaged $6,900 and for 25 to 40 year-olds the average was roughly $4,600. The average cost for treated sprains and strains was about $2,300. The rate of injuries in basketball and football may have a disproportionate impact in the Black community, where young Black men play basketball and football at higher rates

$100 average a month In a blog post on the report at healthcare/, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services wrote that six out of 10 uninsured Americans will pay about $100 a month or less for a health insurance plan. “That broken arm would take almost 10 years to pay off at that rate without considering interest or harm to your credit,” wrote Sebelius. Sebelius added, “Whether you’re out on the slopes or playing the boss in a pickup game of basketball after that stressful meeting, you don’t want to have to hold back because you aren’t covered in case of injury.”

Freddie Allen is an NNPA Washington correspondent.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s wife dies at 72 of Fame, of which Richard Petty was part of the inaugural class inducted in 2010. “In addition to being a devoted wife to Richard and an incredible mother and grandmother, she was a tireless worker for the causes that benefited others.”


CHARLOTTE, N. C. — Richard Petty is the “King” of NASCAR. But his castle was ruled by “Mrs. Lynda.” Of that, there never was any doubt. Lynda Gayle Owens Petty, the wife of the seven-time NASCAR champion and a community crusader, died Tuesday at her home in Level Cross surrounded by her family. She was 72. “It was no secret that she was the cornerstone of the Petty family; a woman of humility and extraordinary strength,” said her grandson, Austin Petty. “While we mourn her death, we also celebrate her life and the profound impact she had on those who knew her. “The pride she had in her children, her grandchildren and her greatgrandchildren was shared with us through her unconditional love.” There are few in the NASCAR community who have not been personally touched by one of “Mrs. Lynda’s” stories or her causes. “On behalf of the France family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the Petty family regarding

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Richard and Lynda Petty. the loss of their beloved matriarch, Lynda Petty,” said NASCAR chairman Brian France. “Through the years, Lynda became an integral part of the NASCAR landscape. We have lost a true friend, who will be missed each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Pettys throughout this difficult time.”

Family protector


While Richard Petty was traveling across the country racing for a living, “Mrs. Lynda” remained at home for the most part, with a protective eye over her family and her community.

“I was the one, and you can ask them … ask (son) Kyle, ‘Did your daddy ever whip you?’ and he’d say, ‘No, but my mother wailed the daylights out of me.,’ “ Lynda said during a 2009 interview with Speed Channel (now Fox Sports 1). “I disciplined and I never even bothered Richard with it. I didn’t want to put the fear of God in him that he was going to beat his children to death for doing something, so I took care of them and they loved him to death and still do.”

Married Petty at 17


When Lynda was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma in 2010 and began a difficult regiment of treatment at Duke University Medical Center, her main concern was who would look after Richard, whom she married secretly when she was 17. “Lynda was such an incredible person in so very many ways, far too numerous to count,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall

During her life, Lynda Petty served as a Red Cross volunteer, a school volunteer, the president of the athletic booster club and a Girl and Boy Scout leader. She served 16 years on the Randolph County School Board, was on the board of the Randolph County Hospice and helped found the Racing Wives Auxiliary organization. A private memorial service will be held at Reverie Place in Randleman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Petty Family Foundation, 311 Branson Mill Rd., Randleman, N.C. 27317. Lynda Petty was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Petty, who died during 2000 as a result of injuries sustained in a NASCAR practice session accident at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. She is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Kyle; daughters Sharon Farlow and her husband, Terry, Lisa Luck and her husband, Charlie, and Rebecca Moffitt and her husband, Brian; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University celebrate their NCAA win.

Tuskegee Golden Tigers celebrate first time in Elite 8 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Golden Tigers men’s basketball team returned home on March 19 to a big welcome from Tuskegee University. A crowd of fans was waiting as the bus carrying Tuskegee’s first NCAA Division II South Region champion team arrived in front of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena. The Golden Tigers defeated the Delta State Statesmen, 80-59, for the win on March 18 in Lakeland. It is the first South Region championship victory in the history of Tuskegee’s program. Tuskegee has made three other appearances in the NCAA II playoffs, in 1959, 1979, and 2010. The closest that the Golden Tigers have come is third in South Region play in 1979. The celebration continued inside and featured the Marching Crimson

Pipers band, cheerleaders, and Golden Essence dance team. Also, Acting Tuskegee University President Dr. Matthew Jenkins presented all the players and coaches with certificates of appreciation. Later, the team showed off its newest trophy to the crowd and asked for everyone’s support as they prepared to face competition in the Elite 8 for the first time. “This team is on a mission and that mission is to be the last team standing,” said Tuskegee basketball coach, Leon Douglas. Tuskegee was to face the Metropolitan State University Roadrunners (30-1) of Denver, Colo., winner of the NCAA II South Central Region, on March 26. Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is home to about 3,000 students from the U.S. and 30 foreign countries.



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Sweepstakes scams: Beware of ‘processing fees’ BY CLAUDIA BUCK SACRAMENTO BEE/MCT

When he opened the letter, retiree James Thomas certainly wanted it to be true. In black and white, the congratulatory letter stated that he was one of “five lucky” winners in a Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes Association lottery drawing. His prize: $3,998,000.10. “It was about a dollar short of $4 million. It sounded so good that I almost fell for it,” said Thomas, 86, a retired federal employee. But he didn’t. There were too many red flags, including the request to keep the prize letter “strictly confidential,” the Canadian return address and the letterhead from Barstow, Calif. And then there was the enclosed $4,000 check, to help cover “processing fees.” Those fees, roughly $3,000, were to be payable through a Western Union money transfer. The Roseville, Calif., resident says he went online and quickly pulled up scam reports listing the exact same company name as in the letter he received.

Prey on seniors, gullible Letters like the one that landed in Thomas’ mailbox aren’t anything new; nor do they show any signs of going away. “We get calls like these every day,” said Dwight Johnson, spokesman for the Northeast California office of the Better Business Bureau, which covers 24 counties from Stockton, Calif., to the Oregon border. Johnson said consumers have reported phony Publishers Clearing House calls, emails and even Facebook posts. The phony sweepstakes letters prey on unsuspecting seniors and anyone else eager to believe they’re true. “They’ve probably got a whole list of older, gullible folks,” said Thomas, who said he fears that others might be taken in and wire money.

Don’t pay first According to law enforcement,


Publishers Clearing House’s Prize Patrol awards LeRoy Faulks $5,000 a week on Nov. 30, 2011. The company says its prize awards are never announced by phone or email, but always arrive “the way you see them” in TV commercials: unannounced and by a team bearing balloons, champagne and flowers. this type of pitch usually follows a familiar pattern. The consumer is told to deposit the check, keep a portion for themselves, then wire the remainder for taxes, service charges or “processing fees.” Ultimately, the check bounces and the consumer is left responsible for the amount wired, as well as the bounced check amount. And certainly he or she never receives the promised “millions” in sweepstakes prize money. Any contest “winner” who is asked to wire money or deposit an enclosed check to cover fees, taxes or other expenses, should run, says the BBB. “If you have to pay them first, that’s not winning,” Johnson said. “It’s a scam.” Similarly, the FBI advises consumers to never send money, but report the fraud attempt to the FBI or, if it comes by mail, to the U.S. Postal Inspectors Service, which is the post office’s law enforcement arm.

Top 10 scams Fake sweepstakes letters are just one of many scams that regularly troll for targets by phone, mail, email, smart phones and

social media. Recently, the national BBB office released its Top 10 scams for 2013: Affordable Care Act scam: Calling it the “scam of the year,” the BBB said fraudsters used Obamacare health care signups to try to trick consumers into revealing personal information used in identity theft. Claiming to be from health care organizations or the government, scammers tell consumers they need a new health insurance or Medicare card. To receive it, verification must be provided, such as credit card, Social Security or bank account numbers. Medical alert scam: Targeting seniors and their caretakers, it promises to send a “free medical alert system” that supposedly has been paid for by family members. Seniors are asked to “verify” their identity by providing bank or credit card information, then start getting charged a monthly service fee. Auction reseller scam: Using eBay and other online auction sites, scammers fool sellers into shipping goods without getting payment upfront. Claiming it’s

an emergency, such as a child’s birthday or a soldier leaving for overseas, the buyer requests same-day shipping of the items. To further the fraud, the scammer sends a fake email “confirming” a supposed PayPal payment. Arrest warrant scam: Last fall, fraudsters used fake caller ID to make incoming calls that appear to be from the local sheriff’s office or law enforcement agency. The “officer” claims that an arrest warrant had been issued but a fine can be paid to avoid criminal charges. Naturally, the “fines” can be paid only by wire transfer or put onto a prepaid debit card. Home repair scams: Often done by unlicensed or untrained workers, the scams typically involve shoddy repairs/improvements to areas that aren’t easily visible: roofs, chimneys, air ducts, crawl spaces, etc. They might solicit business door-to-door, by email, telemarketing or even social media. To check if a home contractor is licensed, or has a complaint history, go to or your state contractor licensing board. Casting call scam: TV show

like “American Idol” and “Project Runway” have inspired scammers to pose as talent scouts or agents seeking actors, singers, models, reality show contestants, etc. It can be a way to sell acting lessons, photo services or solicit fees for online applications or upcoming “casting calls.” And everything on the application can be used for identity theft. Foreign currency scam: Investing in foreign currency, such as the Iraqi dinar, Vietnamese dong or the Egyptian pound, is often touted as a low-risk, high-return money-maker. In some cases, scammers even provide real currency. In offers tied to current events, investors are promised they’ll cash in when those foreign governments revalue their currency. In actuality, the currency is difficult to sell and is “extremely unlikely” to ever significantly increase in value, the BBB says. Texting scams: Known as “smishing,” phony texts appearing on your smart phone are an attempt to steal personal financial information, such as PINs or ATM numbers. They often resemble a text alert from your bank, asking you to confirm certain information or “activate a debit card” by clicking on a link. Do-not-call scams: The legitimate National Do Not Call Registry is a free way to reduce annoying telemarketing calls. But scammers, pretending to be government officials, are calling consumers urging them to verify information, pay a fee to sign up or disclose personal information, including Social Security numbers. Facebook friend scam: Ever get a “friend” request on Facebook from somebody you already thought was your friend? Be wary of fake profiles that can pluck details about you, recommend “sketchy websites” that download malware, use your account to compile information about your friends, even impersonate a military member or other trusted person to perpetrate a romance scam. To stay safe: Be careful of what you share on social media and keep your privacy settings high.

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Daytona Times - March 27, 2014  

Daytona Times - East Central Florida’s Black Voice

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