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June, 2017


Lydia Hudson Elected President of Democratic Black Caucus

By Louis C Ward Lydia Hudson was elected President of the Democratic Black Caucus, Florida (DBCF) at its 35th Annual Conference on Saturday, May 20th at the Rosen Centre in Orlando. Expressing his support for the DBCF, United States Senator Bill Nelson attended the President’s Kickoff Reception on Friday evening, May 19th, and the Honorable Congresswoman Val Demings lead a host of prominent speakers at the “Excellence in our Economic and Political Progress” Gala on Saturday evening, May 20th. Newly elected President Hudson, the former administration’s 1st Vice President, under the leadership of outgoing President Henry Crespo,Read More

The Annual LaWanda K. Smith Scholarship Recipients

The LaWanda K. Smith Scholarship Fund announced the recipients of the 2017 awards to three deserving Astronaut High School students. This scholarship was established as a memorial to LaWanda Karena Smith, who was a 1990 graduate of Astronaut High School.  Ms. Smith was a graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU).  She was employed as a project manager with the National Security Association (NSA) and was pursuing a master’s degree at Loyola University before returning to Florida, where she was employed with North Brevard County Parks and Recreation.  Until her death,Read More

Magnificent Mothers! Sigma Mothers Day Program

Pictures: L to R: Event Chair Michael A. Cadore Sr. Keynote Speaker Terry Brayboy, Orange Co. Fireman Lateef Williams, Vice President Ron Martin L to R: President Jackson, Rockledge Police Chief, Joe Lasata, Michael Cadore L to R: Principal Titusville High school Anetha Jones, Michale& Cornelia Cadore, BCSO Deputy Cletus Jones L to R: Sigma Brothers Retired BCSO Deputy SigmaDaryll McCullough, Stone Magnet School Math Teacher Howard Triplett L to R: Magnificent Mothers seated: TomekaWillams, Te-Kisha Ferguson, Jamara Frazier, Dr. Suzie Ferguson, Daphney Whittaker. Standing L to R: Mia Nedd, Dr.Read More

Restore, Refresh and Renew Project

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Iota Pi Omega Chapter, met at Endeavor Elementary Magnet School in Cocoa to perform their AKA 1908 Playground Project.  Despite the 85 degree temperature and early morning hour, the members came prepared to pull weeds, remove dead plants, trash and debris, plant new plants, trim hedges and put down mulch.  Within two hours, the flower beds were transformed.  The area looked amazing! The school principal, Sarah Mercer, was extremely pleased with the outcome. Under the direction of Vice President Reva Watson, members reported for duty readyRead More

Summit of Seven Hosts Boys and Men Conference

The Summit of Seven (SoS) held its Annual 25th “Boys and Men” Conference on June 9th and 10th at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Melbourne Campus and concluded in worship service on Sunday, June 11th at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Palm Bay, where the Rev. Dr. Quintin P. Woods, Sr is the Pastor. The theme this year was “Becoming a Man.”  Some of the motivational guest speakers were Dr. Jim Richey ,President of the EFSC; Nick Anderson, retired NBA Magic Player; Mr. Jack Parker, Vice-President EFSC External Affairs andRead More

Malik Clark Inspires Others Through Music and Faith

By Nick Samuel and Photos contributed by Malik Clark   Three years ago, Malik Clark attempted suicide at his family’s home in Jensen Beach as he dealt with family financial issues, high school debt and a toxic relationship with an ex-girlfriend. Now, Clark, 21, uses his music to inspire people to get closer to God and to overcome adversity. “I was given a second chance. You never know what people are going through,” said Clark, who now lives in Stuart. “Our problems don’t define us, but refine us. We getRead More

Brevard County Farmers Market Provides Locally-Grown Foods

Although the Brevard County Farmers Market, held every Thursday from 3pm to 6pm at the Wickham Park Equestrian Center in Melbourne, is by no means the largest in Florida…typically featuring 12-20 vendors…they pride themselves on authenticity. Simply put, they are dedicated to providing locally grown and produced items to the community. One of their favorite programs is the Florida Organic Growers’ (FOG) Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program, which essentially doubles the purchasing power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) patrons. This grant-funded program provides wider access to healthy, locally grownRead More

NAACP Honors Community Member at Freedom Fund Banquet

By Michelle Harmon The 26th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet was held on Friday, June 2nd , at the Rockledge Country Club. The atmosphere was electric and the décor was beautiful, as the DJ played the sounds of yesterday that made the guests tap their feet and snap their fingers. The Central Brevard Branch of the NAACP honors outstanding accomplishments of community leaders each year at its Freedom Fund Celebration. This year’s 2017 Freedom Fund recipient was Mrs. Alberta K. Wilson, who is truly a mover and a shaker in BrevardRead More