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Johnson gets another term as Board of Education chair

Johnson gets another term as Board of Education chair

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The State Board of Education on Monday selected Marva Johnson to serve a second consecutive term as board chair. Johnson was appointed to the board by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 and chosen for her first term as chair in 2015. The board consists of seven members, who serve for […]

State approves nursing programs at four colleges

State approves nursing programs at four colleges

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The State Board of Education on Monday approved new baccalaureate degrees for nursing at four state colleges in Central Florida. The board endorsed bachelor of science degrees at Valencia College, Eastern Florida State College, Lake-Sumter State College and Seminole State College of Florida. The board also approved a bachelor of […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sources say retired judge named B-CU’s interim president

BREAKING NEWS: Sources say retired judge named B-CU’s interim president

Dr. Edison Jackson will retire as Bethune-Cookman’s president. Hubert L. Grimes was named interim president, sources told the Daytona Times Wednesday night. BY ANDREAS BUTLER FLORIDA COURIER Hubert L. Grimes, Bethune-Cookman University’s legal counsel and a former Volusia County judge, has been named interim president of the Daytona Beach-based HBCU, on-campus sources told the Daytona […]

BETHUNE-COOKMAN PRESIDENT RETIRES

BETHUNE-COOKMAN PRESIDENT RETIRES

The Florida Courier has learned that Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson will retire. It is unclear whether the retirement is voluntary or was the result of a specially called Board of Trustees meeting which took place on campus on July 11.  Sources have told the Florida Courier that a meeting of the entire […]

Disney Dreamers Academy Class accepting applications

Disney Dreamers Academy Class accepting applications

High school students nationwide can now apply to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence, the mentoring program that takes place in March at Disney World. Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, […]

‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’

‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’

Editor’s note: On July 5, 1852, anti-slavery crusader Frederick Douglass spoke at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Rochester, N.Y. Excerpts appear below. (T)he Fourth of July… marks the beginning of another year of your national life…Nations number their years by thousands. You are…still lingering in the period of childhood. […]

Slave trade ancestors to be remembered on Father’s Day

Slave trade ancestors to be remembered on Father’s Day

A growing South Florida tradition, now in its 24th year, continues with the annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage ceremony on Sunday, June 18, from 5:30 to 8:00 a.m. at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The ceremony honors the memory and the heroism of the millions of individuals who endured the horrors of […]

Radio host receives honorary doctorate from Shaw

Radio host receives honorary doctorate from Shaw

Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner urged the 202 graduates of Shaw University on May 13 to follow the lead of their new alma mater to become doers who “change the game.” He reminded graduates that Shaw changed the game often, as the first institution of higher learning established for freedmen, the first college in […]

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

The extension of Pell grants will cover summer classes for the first time since 2011. BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Despite broader political turmoil in Washington and Tallahassee, federal and state lawmakers have agreed to dramatically increase financial aid to the neediest college and university students. On May 4, the […]

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Statement about funding Black colleges worries educators, legislators BY JANE KENNEDY TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Repeatedly during his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump signaled to the leaders and supporters of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that the federal support on which HBCUs depend would remain a priority under his administration. One sign […]

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