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Actor has major role in restoring felons’ rights
Dutton shares story of his journey from jail to Yale to stardom during Daytona Beach’s NAACP banquet
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Not many Black males have the success story that Charles Dutton can tell. Dutton realized that if he put his mind to something he could make it happen. One brick wall he came up against was trying to vote. “In 2002, I tried to vote but I was told I had a criminal record,” he explained. That all would change in 2007 when Maryland, his home state, changed its law-allowing residents convicted of a crime the right to vote. He would cast his first vote at age 57 in 2008 for Barack Obama.
Nationwide appeal Since getting his voting rights, Dutton has been going around the country telling his story and hoping states that prevent convicted felons from voting to change their laws to give felons their voting right back once they complete their sentence. Florida is one of those states that won’t allow convicted felons to vote. Dutton was the featured speaker on May 24 at the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP 40th Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet at the Plaza Resort and Spa. The purpose of the occasion was to recognize organizations, businesses and individuals who have made a difference in the community. Part of the proceeds raised from ticket sales also went to four $1,000 scholarships presented to graduating seniors – all from Mainland High School. The scholarship recipients were Monica Moss and Cornelius “C.J.’’ Davis, both accepted at Bethune-Cookman University; Brandyn Thompson, who will attend Florida A&M University; and Brianna Williams, who will matriculate at Howard University.
Pop Warner, city reach agreement on fees, use of fields
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Actor Charles Dutton had the approximately 600 patrons in attendance at the 40th Annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet laughing and enthralled as he shared his life story. He also encouraged attendees to stay focused to reach their goals. NAACP President Cynthia Slater (far left) poses with scholarship winners Monica Moss, Cornelius “C.J.’’ Davis, Brandyn Thompson and Brianna Williams. The students each received $1,000 to attend college. At the podium are Joretha Hayes and Marva Hopkins, members of the NAACP executive committee.
Admitted ‘outlaw’ Dutton’s path to college was different from the students, but the story he shared with the audience was a good lesson for the students to take home with them. “I should have been dead,” Dutton told the audience, sharing that from 12 to 15
years of age he spent most of his time in reform school. By the time he was 17, he would begin his first stint in prison for killing a Black man – which he noted because he received five years for that crime. His next Please see BANQUET, Page 5
Parents of kids who participate in Daytona Beach’s Pop Warner program can breathe a sigh of relief. On June 1 at Sunnyland Park, parents can register their youngsters to play football or be a member of the cheerleading squad for the season that begins in August. Pop Warner Commissioner Thomas Roland met with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson last week and worked out an agreement so that the fees for the league to Thomas use Derbyshire Roland Athletic Fields for football practice and games will be covered. “When we left the meeting, they assured us everything would be taken care of. I have to go to a meeting on the sixth of June (with other Pop Warner teams) to tell them we will be playing at Derbyshire athletic fields,’’ Roland said. He added that he is relieved he and the local volunteers can go ahead and sign up kids this Saturday at Sunny Land Park in Daytona Beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ritchey paid fees As reported in the April 25 issue of the Daytona Times, the city charged Pop Warner to use the Derbyshire Park athletic fields for the first time last year. Roland went before the commission (before Henry was mayPlease see POP WARNER, Page 2
Center seeking funds to teach local kids how to swim BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida has the highest accidental drowning rate in the nation for children 1 to 4 years old. Paul Daniels, Daytona Beach’s Cypress Aquatic Center manager, shared the above statistic this week as he campaigns to get donations from individuals, organizations or businesses to help area youth participate in the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. The program takes place at the center located at 925 George W. Engram Blvd. “With today’s tough economic conditions, it’s difficult for parents to afford swimming lessons, especially if they have more than one child,” Daniels said. “Our goal is to raise a total of $2,500 for 2013 programs, assuring educational opportunities for those with financial need. Your donation will provide scholarships for youth otherwise unable to participate,” he continued.
Free lessons for adults Daniels said the center will offer five lesson programs for $35 per child. The start date for swim lessons will be June 8, which is why Daniels is asking to be contacted for donations.
He added that the center received a donation from Daytona Toyota Scion for free adult swim lessons and free fitness classes for adults. “They made the donation because they want to help the neighborhood folks have fitness options,” Daniels explained. Adult lessons are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Normally adults would be charged $2 fee but due to the donation the fee is waived.
Center hours The free fitness or aqua aerobics class are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The hours for the Aquatic Center beginning June 5-Aug. 17 are Monday – Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The standard fees to swim are $20 for 15 swims for adults or $20 for 25 swims for youth. Those not wanting to pay the bulk rate can pay the daily fee, which is $3 for adults and $2 for youth 17 years and under. Residents who want to go to Campbell Street pool on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard pay 50 cents Monday – Thursdays beginning June 10.
For more information, contact Daniels at 386-671-8393 or email him at email@example.com.
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Black teen birth rate falls 60 percent in 10 years BY MAYA RHODAN NNPA WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT
A new report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for AfricanAmericans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than the overall dip in teen birth rates. Over the past decade, the national teen birth rate has declined from 31 out of every 1,000 girls between 15-19 giving birth in 2011, compared to 61 girls per 1,000 in 1991. From 2007-2011, the national teen birth rate declined by 25 percent with Hispanic teens experiencing the largest decline of 34 percent. In 2007, the Hispanic teen birth rate was 21 percent higher than the Black teen birth rate, in 2011 it was only 4 percent higher. Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, attributes these declines to stronger teen pregnancy prevention education and higher rates of contraception use among teens that have sex, but also the fact that many teens are decid-
ing to delay sex altogether. “We know that schools play an essential role in supporting adolescent health,” Koh wrote in a blog post on Huffington Post. com “Research tells us that the longer children remain in school and engaged in learning, the better their life-long health.”
Significant decline Teens who have babies in high school, on the other hand, are less likely to attend or complete college, are more likely to rely on public assistance, and are more likely to live in poverty into adulthood, according to Koh. The majority of states saw a significant decline in birth rates—with 34 states across the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest reporting declines in the Black teen birth rate by at least 20 percent. In eight states – Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah, Rhode Island, and Alaska – Black teen birth rate declined by 30 percent or more between 2007-2011. Earlier this year, a Guttmacher Institute report suggested that the decline in birth rate could be at-
Daytona State schedules Enrollment Day events SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Daytona State College has made registration for the summer and fall semesters as simple as a visit to either the Daytona Beach, DeLand or Deltona campus. Students can attend an Enrollment Day event to complete everything from admission to registration and have a chance at winning a $350 scholarship from the Daytona State Foundation. Students start by completing a Daytona State application (apply online or download the application from www.DaytonaState. edu), then meet with an admissions advisor and financial aid counselor, take an assessment test (if applicable), meet with an academic advisor, and then lock in their schedule; summer classes start July 1, fall classes start Aug. 19 and 26. The June 8 Enrollment Day features an additional free activity with the college’s Interior Design program head, Bethany Creamer. Up to 20 registrants can take a Color for the Soul workshop to see how to use color in home décor. The hands-on session will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, on the Daytona Beach campus.
StewartMarchman Act’s project increases capacity SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stewart-Marchman Act’s (SMA) Project WARM recently relocated to the Vince Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell. With that move the program expanded its capacity for women’s residential beds for addiction treatment. There are now 52 beds, with 32 slots designated for women who are pregnant, postpartum, and/ or parenting young children. Children under six may reside in the facility with their mother while older children are eligible to visit on weekends. At WARM, the women live in a therapeutic community where they receive individual and group therapy and are encouraged to participate in each other’s recovery. While moms attend clinical programming during the
Shows geared around teen pregnancy and teen motherhood, such as MTV’s “Teen Mom’’ and ‘’16 & Pregnant’’ have helped students to see firsthand the challenges that come along with raising a child. tributed to the abortion rate among teens. According to the report, African American teens had an abortion rate of 41 out of 1000 in 2008.
All rates down Bill Albert, spokesperson for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, disputes the report’s findings. “A common misunderstanding is that people think the teen birth rate is
To register for the color workshop, call 386-506-4158.
Week of events Enrollment Day events are scheduled as follows: • Tuesday, June 4, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. DeLand campus Student Services Center (Building 7) 1155 County Road 4139, DeLand • Thursday, June 6, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Deltona campus Faith Hall 2351 Providence Blvd., Deltona • Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Daytona Beach campus Wetherell Center (Building 100) 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
FAFSA help The Daytona State Financial Aid Office will be open to assist with college education financing and will provide assistance to complete the financial aid applications (FAFSA). Academic advisors also will be available to talk about academic programs such as Honors College and Learning Communities, which includes Linked Classes and Daytona State’s QUANTA program. Each Enrollment Day event will culminate with a free drawing for a $350 scholarship presented by the Daytona State Foundation - only students registering for classes at the event will be eligible for these drawings. To reserve a space, e-mail Admissions@DaytonaState.edu or call 386-506-4471. week, the children attend the onsite childcare operated by Easter Seals in the new Evelyn Lynn Child Development Center.
Over 150 children born drug free The program has been successful through the use of evidence-based programming and through partnerships in the community, which include but are not limited to, Easter Seals, Early Learning Coalition, Volusia and Flagler County Heath Departments, Volusia/Flagler Literacy Council, Children’s Advocacy Center, Alcoholics Anonymous/ Narcotics Anonymous, One Stop Career Center, the USDA County Extension Office, Daytona State College, and the Junior League of Daytona Beach. The program’s success is best measured by the more than 150 children born drug free since the opening of Project WARM in 1999. To make a referral to Project WARM contact SMA’s Access Center at 800-539-4228 or contact Alicia Vincent, WARM”s program director at 386-236-1732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
going down because the abortion rate is going up,” Albert said. “The good news is all three rates— teen pregnancy, teen abortion, and teen birth rates— are going down at the same time.” In 2011, more than 300,000 babies were born to teen mothers, a record low for U.S. teens ages 1519. In 2009, 15-19 year-olds accounted for 15.5 percent of all abortions, at a rate of about 13 abortions
per 1,000 teens. Ten years prior, there were 407 abortions performed for every 1,000 live births for teens 15-19. “The fact of the matter is most parents and most adults simply don’t know that the teen pregnancy rate has gone down as much as it has,” Albert says.
Teen mom shows help He adds that peer influ-
Seabreeze’s Class of 1973 plans reunion A 40th reunion for Seabreeze Senior High’s Class of 1973 is scheduled for June 28-30. The event will be hosted by Sandra Sims-Strachan and Dr. Melinda Tanner-Hamilton. The reunion will be held at the Hilton Day-
pop warner or) asking for help after he learned about the change in policy, which would require Pop Warner to pay a fee to practice and play for the first time since 1998, when the program began in Daytona. Former Mayor Glenn Ritchey, owner of several car dealerships, stepped in last year and footed the bill for the fees out of his own pocket. This did not solve the problem for Pop Warner because it still would be required to pay the fee for years to come. Roland said the program can’t afford to do that unless it increases fees for youngsters to participate.
Tourney proceeds will help Leisure Services Director Percy Williamson said the decision to charge the fee became necessary for budgetary reasons so the city is able to pay staff to upkeep, fertilize and maintain the areas where the teams play. Williamson said the fee Pop Warner would have to pay to use the city-owned fields during the season is $8,300. “We are going to work with them to help them get sponsors. He will get the sponsors he (Roland) needs to cover fees,” Williamson said, adding that part of the fees will be covered by proceeds from Mayor Henry’s charity golf tournament, which took place earlier this year. Roland told the Daytona Times he was happy to hear the news that once again the fees won’t have to come out of Pop Warner coffers. “We should be able to do something else with the money received instead of paying to rent the fields. We need new uniforms, equipment and more,” said Roland, noting that he and other adults associated with Pop Warner are all volunteers and receive no pay for their time.
tona Bach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N Atlantic Ave. A happy hour is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28. On Saturday, June 29, a “School Spirit Beach Party” will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An “All White Brunch” will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 30. For more information, contact Sims-Strachan at email@example.com or Tanner-Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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ence and the popularity of television shows geared around teen pregnancy and teen motherhood, such as MTV’s “Teen Mom’’ and ‘’16 & Pregnant,’’ teens have been able to see firsthand the challenges that come along with raising a child while still a child themselves and have decided against it. “There is power in positive peer influence, and I think there’s a lot of that happening,” Albert says. “More teenagers are deciding that these are not the years to get pregnant and start a family.” Although the rate has decreased significantly, there is still much work to be done in order for the United States to be on par with other established nations. According to the National Campaign’s website, the United States has a teen birth rate twice that of the United Kingdom, three times that of Canada, and ten times that of Switzerland. Albert says, “We ought not determine this progress a victory.”
Roland also wanted to make it clear that what he is advocating for Pop Warner he also wants for the other local kids’ football programs. He said his worry now is a building for the Pop Warner program to use for tutoring. “We want a building all year round to tutor the students in academics. We used to use the building at Derbyshire Park. The city wants to charge for that too. We are trying to help the kids and the city want the kids to pay. We can only do so much,” Roland remarked. Each Pop Warner participant, including players and cheerleaders, are charged $175 each, which covers their equipment, uniforms and their participation in the organization’s mentoring and tutoring programs. Money raised also goes to paying for officials for the games, which can cost Pop Warner up to $1,200 a week.
About the program The Pop Warner program currently runs from August to November. Roland said he would like to see them operate year-round so they can tutor and mentor the kids while they are in school. Without a permanent building, they are unable to do so. The Daytona Beach Youth Football and Cheerleader Association is a Pop Warner Association started in 1998 and is dedicated to youth football and cheerleading for children ages 5 to 15. There are six divisions: Tiny Mites, Mitey Mites, Junior Peewee, Peewee, Junior Midgets, and Midgets. Pop Warner strives to inspire young athletes and stress the importance of scholarship, teamwork, sportsmanship and citizenship, according to the organization’s website. Daytona Beach’s Pop Warner was started 16 years ago by retired NFL star Wes Chandler. When he moved from the state, it was continued by Harvey Porter, then Glenn Barnes and current commissioner Roland. For more information on Pop Warner, contact Roland at 386-852-2552.
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Flagler NAACP dinner focuses on fighting for next generation The Flagler County NAACP held a black-tie Freedom Fund Dinner that it sponsored to show support for the NAACP’s Washington bureau. It was a “bling-bling” affair attended by almost 200 guests at the elegant Hammock Beach Resort and developing the strategy laid out by Leon W. Russell, vice chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. Master of Ceremonies John Winston, Flagler NAACP at-large committee member, made sure everything was played out for showcasing the evening, chaired by Marie WinstonMcCray. The golden evening was Saturday, accompanying music by Elite for dancing. Arrangement of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” was accomplished by soloist Denise Rose. The setup gave way for edibles of braised short rib with herb marinated shrimp, or short rib with bronzed chicken breast. A branch-sponsored drawing of a cruise was raffled. Branch President Linda Sharpe Haywood said, in her “We Will Not Be Moved!” speech, that “we cannot continue to permit our children to be removed from classrooms in handcuffs and sent into the criminal justice system. We cannot allow the disparate treatment of our youth to influence their future in the most negative way imaginable. “Freedom means having the ability to move throughout our communities without the shackles of oppression, mis-education, unemployment, and violence,” asserted Haywood. “We are on the precipice, looking down at those free-
BRIEFS Learn how to do business with the county Volusia County’s Purchasing and Contracts Division will hold two workshops for vendors wanting to learn how to do business with the county, demonstrating how to register as a vendor; submit bids, proposals and quotes; and discuss state and local ordinances relevant when working with the county. County staff members will explain the information channels available to vendors and answer questions. The workshops will be held in the first-floor training rooms
Cynthia Slater, second vice president of the Florida State Conference and president of the Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP, is shown with Turner Clayton, the state NAACP’s first vice president and Seminole County branch president at Flagler’s Freedom Fund Dinner.
By Jeroline D. Mccarthy | Daytona Times doms we have taken for granted over the last five decades as they slowly but surely fall and disintegrate into a wasteland,” insisted Haywood. The battle for equality relayed to Russell, retired Pinellas County Director, Office of Human Rights of Clearwater. He is a former Florida State Conference president, and chairman of the Floridians Representing Equity and Equality (FREE), a statewide coalition for opposing the Florida Civil Rights Initiative, written by Ward Connerly for eliminating Affirmative Action. Russell crystallized what is needed, what is believed to be important as the next game changers for going forward and making things better for America.
Economic sustainability The new generation of entrepreneurs must be inspired and invested in so they will not leave, said Russell. “If there are barriers, then it is up to you at this lavish event to continue to ‘kick’ the doors open so the new generation can take the opportunities of owning and building “something.” Russell said, “The fight for educational equity is a never-ending fact. We need to understand that as long as there is an achievement gap anywhere in our
of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. The first is from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., June 4, and the second is 9 a.m. 11 a.m. June 5. More information: 386736-5935, ext. 12490.
Pretty Hat Tea to salute style of first lady On Sunday, June 9, the Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., will present “Pretty Hat Tea 2013: Saluting the Style of First Lady Michelle Obama’’ at Lakeside Community Center, 1999 City Center Circle, in Port Orange. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m.
educational system, we have an obligation to close the gap.” He stressed the need to stop tearing down teachers, knowing the sacrifices they have made. And the “charter programs will only serve a very, very minor percent of the school population that has to be served,” he said. And so, “We have got to go back and insure that public education is fully supported in this nation and in this state,” said Russell. The vice chairman sees where the charter schools having “10 kids” are doing outstanding.’’ He said, “But the fact is that public education has a whole lot more kids and they need the resources that we provide to them; they don’t need to be deflected...” It is needed to “create an environment that creates an educational will amongst our children,” said Russell, understanding that education is the pathway, and it is necessary to have safe schools. “In this county, from the 6,000 public schoolchildren, 80 percent of them are being parented by grandparents.” Russell stated. Noting that some of the attendees have grandchildren, he added, “I hope that your face is as familiar in the school as it is at the NAACP.’’
For more than 10 years, the Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) has presented its annual Pretty Hat Tea as a way to promote health awareness among women. The event will feature hat and jewelry vendors and an array of refreshments. In addition, there will be a “Pretty Hat” contest, door prize giveaways and a fashion tribute to Mrs. Obama. The National Council of Negro Women is a coalition of national African-American women’s organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women as they support their families
Keynote speaker Leon W. Russell, Flagler County Sheriff James Manfre and NAACP Branch President Linda Sharpe Haywood stopped their conversation to engage in the photo-op.
Health equity “The most abominable violation of anyone’s civil rights is for that individual to die because of something that could have been prevented.’’ Russell stated. Regarding “equitable health care, that means you get the same type of treatment on both sides of the track - on the northside and the southside - on the east and the west, that health care does not change because of the complexion that walks through the door, or the complexion of the person providing the service on the other side of the door,” affirmed Russell. “That’s what we have to fight for.”
and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. With its 39 national affiliates and more than 240 sections, NCNW is a 501(c)3 organization with an outreach to nearly four million women. The Daytona Beach Section of NCNW has served the Daytona Beach area since the 1950s with its charitable, cultural and social programs. Tickets for the tea are $20. To purchase tickets or for event details, call 386.248.2002. –Special to The Times
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Criminal and juvenile justice “We have to insure, in fact, that law enforcement carries out its responsibilities in ways that do not change because of the economics of the individuals involved, and by creating an environment that says violence is unacceptable because violence in our community is often committed by folks that look like us,’’ said Russell. “We will support law enforcement, and we understand we have an obligation to preserve the lives and livelihoods of everyone in our community,” Russell
maintained. Moreover, he stated that “we cannot allow our children to be placed in a court system, which appears nonthreatening, but which, in fact, creates for them a record that will prove to create barriers for the rest of their lives. We have an obligation to stand up against that. We have an obligation to be guardians ad litem...” Russell told the guests that they have to be participatory by opening their churches; they have to create the tutorial programs, the after-school programs, and provide the alternatives to the street, the alternatives that create a place where children learn to be children and not criminals. “That’s how we change our communities,” he said. ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
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Compiled by the Daytona Times City to celebrate Juneteenth Daytona Beach is hosting its 13th annual Juneteenth celebration on June 15 with vendors, entertainment and a kids zone. The event is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information: Sharonda Cowell at 386-671-5823 or CowellS@ codb.us. Market plans Watermelon Day The Volusia County Watermelon Day is 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 12 at the Volusia County Farmers Market, 3050 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Local growers will offer free samples of watermelon salsa and fresh vegetables. More information: Karen Stauderman at 386-822-5778 Health fair planned at center The UCF College of Nursing will hold a free health fair to provide the latest information about prevention of strokes and heart disease, diabetes and nutrition, cancer prevention and awareness, exercise for healthy living and smoking cessation. Blood pressure checks will be
available. There will be light refreshments and prizes. It will be held at the Conklin Center (405 White St.) June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls conference at church The Women’s Ministry of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast is hosting its annual girls conference June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church, 75 Pine Lakes Parkway South in Palm Coast. Registration required and can be done at www. mtcalvarypc.org. Workshop for seniors May 31 Local experts will present information on crime and fraud directed toward seniors including elder abuse and exploitation, wills and trusts, Internet safety and identity theft during a workshop May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 118 N. Palmetto Ave. The event is presented by RJ Larizza, State Attorney; Attorney Mel Stack; Dr. Doug Beach, CEO, Council on Aging, and others. Lunch will be provided. More information: 386-253-4700, ext. 211.
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Words of wisdom to 2013 graduating class The truth is that it’s really not what others say to you or about you graduates that determines your future; it’s what you say to yourself after the other person is finished talking. We’re reminded in Proverbs that “life is in the power of the tongue and those who love it (life) will eat its fruit” - get all life has to offer. An example of this is you would like to pursue your education, but “I’m afraid if I register for classes and can’t do the work, I’ll be embarrassed or I’ll feel stupid”. Words and thoughts like that become self-fulfilling prophecies. If you do not replace your negative self talk with faith talk you will always live in fear. It’s not easy to do. It takes discipline, self-awareness and most of all scriptural reprogramming. But, by changing your thoughts about yourself, you’ll begin to change your life. Job says, “You will… declare a thing and it will be established for you.”
Feed inner self At times you may not feel like you believe the particular scripture you’re standing on, but that’s OK, because if you consistently feed your inner self-positive thoughts, the rest of your body will act accordingly. Starting today, serve an eviction notice to every negative thought that’s holding you back from moving into new, unfamiliar territory and begin feeding your mind with God’s word. It works. Keep the word diversity in your mind, because the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. If
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Starting today, serve an eviction notice to every negative thought that’s holding you back from moving into new, unfamiliar territory and begin feeding your mind with God’s word. It works. you encounter folks who tell you that you have nothing to offer, be sure to laugh, cause that’s a joke. When God made each of you, he stepped back and said, “That’s very good.” So do not even entertain negative opinions. Each of you have so much potential that the word possibility is written all over you. By God’s grace you can be everything He desires. You’ll make mistakes, but learn from them and keep your eyes on your future. Always remembering that our God is a God of second chances and third and fourth ones too.
I must remind you that you can’t do anything without faith. Faith is the “substance” of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Notice faith is a substance. God promises to answer your prayer, you believe Him, but your faith is the “substance you hold on to while you’re waiting. But Faith is also evidence. You are not the first folks to trust God and you won’t be the last. People have been trusting God for thousands of years and He has never let them, let me, let you down. God’s faithfulness is all the evidence you need. So it’s wise to put all your trust in God always remembering that unless you’re willing to take risks, you won’t succeed in life. Yes, there is a time earned by living a focused life. for playing it safe, but caution cannot become a lifestyle for you. Stay focused You’ll get bogged down in it while Great achievers stay focused on life passes you by. their goals. They filter out all the mess, the junk around them, the Learn to communicate trash talk and keep only their perCommunication is an impor- sonal goals in front of them. The future sneaks up on us and tant part of both our physical and spiritual lives. We are constantly starts looking more like the past. discovering how vital communi- We sometimes tend to give our attention to the “wheels that make cation is. Prayer is communication with the most noise, the person who God. We can talk to Him as we talk talks the loudest or the meanest to a friend and He hears us. The one in the group or the one who Bible is the main way God speaks has the hippest set of wheels. We use the wrong measurto us and prayer is the main way ing rods just hoping that some we speak to God. The written report that you get of that junk other folks thrive on from your school or college does will bring favor in our lives. But not have to have all “A’s” on it for it doesn’t work. Graduation with you to graduate with the highest highest honors takes focus and honors. Your highest honors are focus doesn’t just happen, you
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must direct it. You have to do a full court press, this includes forgetting past failures, stop measuring your progress on the empty so called greatness of others, and putting all your energies into anticipating your own future success. Press on to reach the end of the race. Take these steps and you are guaranteed to graduate with highest honors, both now and in the future. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13.
Patricia Bennett is a retired Philadelphia educator who spoke recently to a group of Volusia County graduates in Daytona Beach. She resides in Deltona. This is an excerpt from her speech. Click on this story at
Obama should have ‘audacity’ to end war on drugs The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is gearing up for a Day of Direct Action June 17 in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to the War on Drugs and mass incarceration and call on President Obama to invest in marginalized urban inner-city Black communities across the nation. While ending the war on drugs as a devastating racially-biased policy is essential, we in IBW have always insisted that overcoming joblessness and economic underdevelopment is ultimately the key to combating the crime, violence, fratricide and mass incarceration that have become the scourge of America’s “dark ghettos.”
No jobs As William Julius Wilson has pointed out, the problem of joblessness is much more severe in Black communities where work has simply “disappeared” because of massive disinvestment in urban areas and structural factors like deindustrialization. Therefore, there are disastrous, depression levels of joblessness in Black
Painful picture RON DANIELS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST
communities — levels which would not be tolerated in White communities. The absence of jobs and economic opportunity contribute to destructive behavior among young people, particularly Black males. However, in the absence of “legitimate” jobs/work, an illicit economy and new “employer” have become a reality of life in America’s dark ghettos – the trafficking of illegal drugs. Africans in America are only bit players in a multi-billion dollar global enterprise dominated by huge transnational cartels. But, the fierce and deadly competition to share in and control a lucrative piece of the action has had a devastating impact – turf wars, chronic crime, violence, fratricide, targeted, paramilitary policing and mass incarceration.
Every week there is the equivalent of a Newtown massacre in some Black community in this country. Data compiled from a variety of sources by Zachary Williams of IBW’s Research Consortium paint a painful picture. Blacks in the United States are disproportionately affected by homicide. For the year 2009, Blacks represented 13 percent of the nation’s population, yet accounted for 47 percent of all homicide victims. In that same year, the homicide rate for Black male victims was 32.14 per 100,000. For White male homicide victims it was 4.26 per 100,000. Eighty-two percent of Black victims were shot and killed with guns – 74 percent were killed with handguns. The Depression-level joblessness and horrific scale of fratricide in America’s dark ghettos is a national disgrace, a moral and political crisis that should concern all Americans. But, there is no national outcry, no outrage because the affected people are
Demanding more from ourselves Frederick Douglass’ words – “Power concedes nothing without a demand” – have been haunting me lately, because of the pressing issues we face in today’s political world, the dire economic straits in which many of our families find themselves, and the ever-present social problems Black people deal with every day. The key word in that admonishment is demand. Ever since Douglass uttered those words, we have used them to determine how and what we must demand from others. Our responses have been external. My question is: What is our internal response to Brother Frederick’s words? Are we demanding anything from ourselves as we seek power instead of mere influence in this society?
Feeling good, doing good Although we seldom follow through on much of the knowledge passed down to us by our forebears, we sure do like to quote them. I guess it makes us feel good; but as I always say, “There is a big difference between feeling good and doing good.” Yes, words make us feel good, but they should also make us “do good,” too. Too many of our ancestors have sacrificed too much of themselves for us to merely repeat what they said without following through on what they said.
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Thus, the “demand” that Douglass spoke of is magnified to an even larger degree and should be – must be – taken on an internal basis as well as an external one. Our elder also said, “People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.” That statement is more suited for an internal response, which is probably why we don’t use it as much as the one that has to do with power.
Deserving reparations On an economic level, Black people are deserving of repair, or reparations, as some would say. There is no doubt and no lack of truth about our history in this country as it pertains to the wealth we created for others with our free labor, and the intellectual contributions our forefathers and mothers made to this society. Those contributions, including inventions that are still used today, along with a couple of centuries of free labor, are definitely worth billions, if not trillions of dollars. We should at least have a discussion
at the highest level of government, from the president on down, about how to make up for such a wrong. Apologies are not enough. Beyond that ideal, I believe we must also consider and act upon what Conrad Worrill and Ken Bridges called “Internal Reparations,” which speaks very directly to the internal demands we must be willing to make upon ourselves. Fittingly, I end with some MLK quotes and ask you to think about and act upon what he and others have said; and then demand from yourself the internal fortitude to stand against the “wiles of the devil” by doing the right things for the right reasons – all the time. “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guid-
Black – “the wrong complexion to get the protection.” Who would have believed that 50 years after the March on Washington that a State of Emergency would exist in Black urban innercity neighborhoods? President Obama must have the “audacity” to act on this crisis.
Jobs program needed A direct, targeted public sector jobs program with a priority on employing formerly incarcerated persons would have amazing results. Decent jobs with good wages and benefits is the best anticrime, anti-violence, anti-fratricide and anti-mass incarceration program that this administration and the nation could embrace. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it’s time for President Obama to do more than reference Martin Luther King and the “Moses generation” as if the civil rights/human rights agenda is a thing of the past. Black people who are suffering from the debilitating effects of the War on Drugs, joblessness, ed missiles and misguided men.” “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Amen, Brother Martin, that sure is right!
fratricide and mass incarceration need more than symbolism and the benefits that indirectly accrue to our communities from decent policies like the Affordable Health Care Act.
Moral, political crisis We need President Obama to declare the conditions in Black America a moral and political crisis and call for direct action to heal distressed Black communities. On June 17th a contingent of “Drum Majors for Justice” will be at the gates of the White House to plead our case. Groups of jobless young people and representatives of anti-violence organizations should join IBW in this urgent endeavor!
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BANQUET from Page 1 conviction would be for eight years for striking a White man. “I chose to be an outlaw. I was alive; he was dead. I was 17. It was self-defense. I didn’t care. I was told to act remorseful. But I wasn’t an actor then,” said Dutton about his first arrest.
Became actor in prison It was during his second stint in prison, at 19, when he discovered “what I was born to do.” Dutton had gotten into trouble and was sent to solitary confinement. He was able to take a book and by mistake picked up an anthology of one-act plays. “When you go to the hole, you want to read something that is going to keep you pissed off,” he said. He read plays while in “the hole,” and when he went back into the general prison population, he got a group of inmates together and formed a drama group. He was eventually able to convince the warden to let them put on a play, but the there was one condition – he had to get his GED, which the warden didn’t think he would complete.
Performed ‘Day of Absence’ Dutton, who quit school in the seventh grade when he was 12 years old, was so passionate about putting on the play that he shocked the warden, passed the necessary tests, received his GED. The warden kept his word. His first play would require him to put on white makeup. The play, a “Day of Absence” was performed during the prison’s fall talent show. The play is described by the author as “A Reverse Minstrel Show.’’ An all-Black cast, made up in white face, recounts the uproarious emergencies, which occur when a Southern town is faced with the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of all its Black citizens. Dutton and his group won first place. “It uncomplicated my life,” he noted.
Determined to excel Performing in the play gave Dutton a purpose and he made an announcement while in prison that he was retiring from fighting and
getting into trouble. “You see it, reach out and grab it. If you deviate, you will spin the rest of life in and out of penitentiary,” said Dutton, who went on to get his associate’s degree while in prison. Dutton said on his first day out of prison he went to Towson State University to try to enroll. His first attempt was rejection, but he was determined to get in and told the registrar he had just gotten out of prison and had to be accepted. He said that got her attention. She sent him to the dean of the college. “He scratched somebody’s name off and wrote my name down,” Dutton said with a chuckle.
Dr. Al Bouie, president of the Beta Delta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, presents the Dr. James and Phannye Huger Educational Scholarship funds to two students. Dr. Huger (seated) was on hand to congratulate the recipients.
Cynthia Slater, center, presents the Community Service Award to Gordon Johnson of Neighbor to Family. He started the program in July 2000 to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families and stronger communities.
The NAACP’s Medgar Wiley Evers “Fight for Freedom” Award went to Bethune-Cookman University Professor Dr. Walter Fordham. He is a member of the local NAACP’s executive board and chair of the Daytona Beach NAACP Political Action Activity Committee.
The NAACP Trailblazer Award was presented to Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, who was elected in November as the second Black to hold the position following in the footsteps of Yvonne Scarlett-Golden.
Lillian Williams of the Volusia-Flagler County Chapter of the Sickle Cell Foundation, is shown with her son and Cynthia Slater. Williams also received the Community Service Award.
Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union accept the Community Service Award from Slater. ACLU President George Griffin holds the award.
The Branch Leadership Award went to James Ashley, a member of the local NAACP executive committee.
Daytona Times Publisher Charles W. Cherry II accepted the President’s Award from Slater.
Dutton would go on to do more plays, movies and television appearances. He is most known for his role as “Roc” a FOX sitcom
Jail: Serving Time on Stage,” is an autobiographical tale of how the Emmy winner found his passion for theater while serving time in
Still ‘institutionalized’ Towson State University (now known as Towson University) is in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Md. Dutton would eventually graduate from Towson with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He made a name for himself in his hometown, having appeared in a couple of plays. But soon opportunities for acting stopped coming. “I was back on the street corner. I didn’t know how to take the next step, needed to be told how to do it. I was institutionalized,” he explained. He would soon be told a lot of people were depending upon him and didn’t like seeing him going in the wrong direction. Dutton said a voice told him to go to Yale University to get a master’s degree.
Finally accepted Like his first attempt at Towson, he was rejected, but his luck of being accepted the same day didn’t materialize. “The White man don’t want me to succeed,” Dutton said he thought to himself, but he didn’t give up, For the next eight weeks, daily, he called the school asking if there was an opening. “I called again and again, Finally they accepted me,’ he said, noting he had to prove himself to them that he was serious. “Word went around the neighborhood I was to going to jail instead of Yale,” Dutton said to laughter from the audience. Dutton said he spent seven years, 11 months in the penitentiary. Seven years and eight months later, he would be starring in his first Broadway play.
from the 1980s in which he starred as a father taking care of his family driving a garbage truck. His play, “From Yale to
a Baltimore prison, earned a master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama and carved out a successful acting career.
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No NCAA action for baseball team Savannah State wins MEAC showdown and automatic bid to tournament BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
It comes as no surprise that Bethune-Cookman won’t play in the NCAA regional baseball tournament. B-CU didn’t receive an atlarge bid during the selection show on Monday. The Wildcats knew they had a slim chance if any to make the field of 64. The Wildcats lost to Savannah State 1-0 in the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Tournament championship game on May 19. The Tigers won the conference tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers and SWAC champion Jackson State are the only two HBCUs in the tournament. B-CU (34-25) had won seven straight MEAC titles and made seven straight NCAA appearances. The Wildcats have won 15 MEAC titles and made the NCAA Tournament 15 times in the last 18 years dating back to 1996. They also accomplished those feats 14 times in the last 16 years. They had at-large bids in 1996 and 1997. The Wildcats have beaten three teams in this year’s tournament one time each. They are Arizona State (35-20-10), Miami (36-23) and Savannah State (3321). B-CU also lost to those teams at least two times and was swept by both Kansas State (41-17) and Mercer (43-16), which also made the field.
Track and field: B-CU’s Johnson 16th Bethune-Cookman freshman sprinter Tristie Johnson (23.75) finished 16th in the 200-meter dash NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s East Regional semifinal at Greensboro, N.C. Johnson just missed qualifying for nationals. She also competed in the 100-meter dash but didn’t qualify for the semifinals. “She is a fierce competitor. She knows that we are extremely proud of her. She is the future of our program and we are looking for her to be our leader for the next three years,” commented track and field coach Donald Cooper. Although her season is over, Johnson may get another chance to compete. She can still qualify for the USA Track and Field Junior/Senior Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning June 19.
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B-CU’S baseball team swept Florida A&M in a three-game series last month and picked up wins in April over the University of Miami and Stetson University.
B-CU ROUNDUP Softball: Banuelos-Smith named Academic All-American Bethune-Cookman senior outfielder Michelle BanuelosSmith concludes her career with another honor. Banuelos-Smith was named to the Capitol One All-American softball team on May 23. The psychology major posted a 4.0 GPA. The team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She was also received All-MEAC Team this season and last season. This season she led the Wildcats in average (.329), seven homeruns, 36 RBIs and 87 total bases. For her career, BanuelosSmith posted a .323 average with 24 homeruns and 135 RBIs. She is second on the school’s all-time list for doubles (51) and third in homeruns.
B-CU men second in All-Sports award Bethune-Cookman finished in second place for the Taylmande Layman Hill All-Sports award. The announcement was made
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Freshman sprinter Tristie Johnson finished 16th in the 200-meter dash NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s East Regional semifinal at Greensboro, N.C. on May 24. The award is giving out the top men’s sports program in the MEAC. Florida A&M edged the Wildcats by four points. B-
CU won the MEAC football title while finishing second in the MEAC South Division and as the tournament runner-up. B-CU’s women finished sec-
ond in the standings for the Mary McLeod Bethune All Sports award given for the top women’s program. Hampton took home to trophy.
Spring football games highlight end-of-year prep action BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite six turnovers, Mainland still beat Orange City University 28-12 in its spring game on May 25. Anthony Williams had 224 total yards and three total touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Kaylo Hannah also had 99 receiving yards and Adrian Killins added both a receiving and rushing score for Mainland. Chris Negron threw for 104 yards with a touchdown and ran for another to lead the University Titans. Dontay Dunn ran for 128 yards while Poochie Pitts ran for two scores to lead DeLand to a 14-13 win over Orlando Boone. Connor Blair threw for 139 yards with a touchdown and one interception for all in the first half for Seabreeze in a 28-19 loss to Titusville Astronaut on May 22. Josh Stevens ran for 90 yards with a score and Rashoud Floyd caught a 36-yard touchdown pass for the Sandcrabs. Astronaut took the lead for good at 20-17 on Brandon Wright’s 57-yard touchdown run in the first half. Wright finished with 169 (108 rushing, 61 passing) total yards in three quarters for the War Eagles.
Warner and Trinity win despite weather Demarius Tillman ran for 125 yards with two scores to help Warner Christian Academy take down Atlantic 20-0. The game was called due to lighting after two quarters. Atlantic’s C.J. Jones
VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW was held to just 40 yards rushing by the Eagles defense. Drew Eckles added a touchdown run for Warner. Deltona Trinity Christian Academy handled Jacksonville Harvest Community 35-7 on May 23. Tyler Azziz ran for 111 yards with three touchdowns to lead Trinity. The Eagles ran for 253 yards with five touchdowns; they outgained Harvest Community 314-74 in total yardage for the game. Malik Taylor added 62 yards rushing with a score for Trinity. The game was delayed two hours due to lighting and ended after three quarters.
Deltona triumphs; Smyrna, Pine Ridge fall Kevin Bramhal threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Rudy St. German’s with 9.7 seconds remaining to lift Palm Beach Central to a 26-24 win over New Smyrna Beach on May 23. Terrill Jefferson ran for two touchdowns and Marcus Johnson ran for a score for the NSB Barracudas. Brian Neives ran for 147 yards with a touchdown to help Deltona beat Pierson Taylor 20-3 in their spring game. The Wolves also put up a solid defensive effort. Sam Norman added a touchdown run and Jacob Lacy returned a fumble 52 yards for a score for Deltona. Freddy Galvin
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New Smyrna Beach’s offense lines up against Seabreeze’s defense in a game last season. kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Taylor Wildcats. Pine Ridge was shutout by Melbourne Eau Gallie 47-0. The Commodores defense didn’t allow the Panthers to get past midfield. The two teams will also open the regular season against each other on Aug. 30 in Deltona.
Flagler schools victorious Palm Coast Matanzas topped Jacksonville Cedar Creek 14-0 and Jacksonville Potter House 20-0. The Pirates played both teams for two quarters. Stefan Tucker tallied 100 yards rushing with two touchdowns while Marcus Cooper totaled 100 receiving yards with two scores for Matanzas.
Two defensive touchdowns propelled Flagler Palm Coast to a 14-13 win over St. Johns Bartram Trail. The game was decided on a missed field goal attempt from Bartram Trail as time expired. Kyle Oliver had an interception return touchdown and Jimmie Robinson returned a fumble for a score for FPC.
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Keeping food on table to get harder for Black families Amendment would bar convicted murderers, many others from ever receiving food stamps BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON – Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would reduce funding of the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps, but the extent of the cuts will not become known until negotiators from both chambers agree to a compromise measure. SNAP was reduced as part of a five-year House farm bill by $2 billon, slightly more than 3 percent. A similar farm bill passed by the Senate would reduce SNAP funding by $400 million a year, about half of 1 percent. Both actions were taken last week. By voice vote, the Senate also adopted a separate amendment that would prevent convicted murderers, rapists and pedophiles from receiving food stamps for life.
Impact on elderly Blacks Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the amendment would likely have “strongly racially discriminatory effects.” “The amendment would bar from SNAP (food stamps), for life, anyone who was ever convicted of one of a specified list of violent crimes at any time – even if the committed the crime decades ago
in their youth and have served their sentence, paid their debt to society, and been a good citizen ever since,” Greenstein said in a statement. He continued, “Given the incarceration patterns in the United States, the amendment would have a skewed racial impact. Poor elderly African-Americans convicted of a single crime decades ago by segregated Southern juries would be among those hit.”
Car owners could suffer Greenstein’s group said the House version would slash $20 billion in spending from the program over the next decade, resulting in nearly 2 million people being kicked off of SNAP if the bill becomes law. More than 200,000 children would lose free meals at school. Poor families that have managed to scrape together a few thousand dollars for emergencies would get kicked off the program. Other families battling poverty would get kicked off of SNAP for owning a car. “Many of these families would be forced to choose between owning a reliable car and receiving food assistance to help feed their families,” said the report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The report also said, “The bill’s SNAP cuts would come on top of an across-the-board reduction in benefits that every SNAP recipient will experience starting November 1, 2013. On that date, the increase in SNAP benefits established by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) will end, resulting in a loss of ap-
According to a report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the federal House’s bill would come on top of an across-the-board reduction in benefits that every SNAP recipient will experience starting in November. proximately $25 in monthly SNAP benefits for a family of four. Placing the SNAP cuts in this farm bill on top of the benefit cuts that will take effect in November is likely to put substantial numbers of poor families at risk of food insecurity.”
Boosts economy According to experts, SNAP not only helps families keep food on the table, but also boosts the economy as low-income households pour money into the economy. Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief charity, reported that 1 in 4 Black households live with food insecurity issues compared to 1 in 10 White households. Thirty-two percent of Black children don’t have adequate access to food compared to 16 percent of White children. Republicans who supported the House Agriculture Committee bill lambasted the current spending levels in the program and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said that the growth in the program was responsible for expanding a “dependency class.”
Recession blamed A report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities published March 2013, titled “SNAP Is Effective and Efficient,” found a more likely culprit: the Great Recession. “The number of people eligi-
ble for SNAP increased because of the recession and lagging recovery,” the report stated. “The number of people with income below 130 percent of poverty (the SNAP income limit) increased substantially, from 54 million in 2007, before the recession, to 60 million in 2009 and 64 million in 2011, allowing more households to qualify for help from the program.” The Center report also found that, “The recent growth in SNAP spending is temporary. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that SNAP spending will fall as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in coming years as the economy recovers and the Recovery Act provisions end.”
Food insecurity facts Amelia Kegan, a senior policy analyst at Bread for the World, a faith-based international organization that works to end hunger, said that SNAP’s ability to automatically adjust to meet the need of Americans struggling through the recession shows that the program is working. “The food stamp program, the child nutrition program, and the school lunch programs were able to automatically respond and expand to address the spike in need,” said Kegan. “As the economy recovers and more people get back to work and don’t need these programs anymore, participation falls.”
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Feeding America reported that more White households are food insecure than Black households, but the rate of food insecurity in Black households is twice as high. Whites also make up roughly 36 percent of people that use SNAP. Blacks account for 22 percent. This concerns many advocates that say more Blacks need to be educated about the program that could play a critical role in helping them to escape poverty.
‘Wrong time’ “One major concern that I have within the African-American community is that many people don’t have direct access to the program. They are not sure about the program,” said Brian Banks, director of public policy and community outreach for the Capital Area Food Bank. “They don’t understand that the program is there to help and support them.” Banks said that the proposed cuts to the safety net program are disheartening. “This is the wrong time to cut this program the biggest safety net program in America,” said Banks. “People are struggling and if we cut programs that are helping them, where are they going to go to get assistance?”
Freddie Allen is a Washington correspondent for the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).