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These events are part of the library’s Connecting with the Community Series, a two-year program funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Florida Humanities Council. In 2014, programs focused on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This year’s programs address contemporary issues and continuing traditions.

Sponsored by the Daytona Beach Library Friends and VCPL
with funding from the Florida Humanities Council.

Juvenile Justice: Is There a Better Way

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2 pm
at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island

Retired Judge Hubert L. Grimes now Director of Bethune –Cookman University’s Center for Law and Social Justice and Dr. Michael Humphreys, Associate Professor of Ethics at the University will present a program on restorative justice and how it can be applied as an alternative to school suspensions or incarceration for young African-American men.

The presenters will provide an understanding of what restorative justice is and how it functions based upon the work of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nelson Mandela’s response to crimes committed during the Apartheid years prior to his election.

By watching and discussing short video segments of the commission's proceedings, the richness and effectiveness of this important approach to doing justice will be revealed.

For more information call Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

Retracing Gordon Parks’ Midway Through a Contemporary Lens

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library

Professional photographer Duane Fernandez will present his work: Retracing Gordon Parks’ Midway Through a Contemporary Lens.

In 1943 Gordon Parks, a young African-American photographer with the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C., was sent to Daytona Beach to photograph a renowned educator and activist, Mary McLeod Bethune. Most of the photos taken on this assignment were not published until 1999 when the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona Beach Community College featured an exhibit, “Midway: Portrait of a Daytona Beach Neighborhood.”

Duane Fernandez became interested in photography when he was in his teens and in 2007 after becoming disabled he enrolled in a program at Tunxis Community College in Connecticut. It was there that a professor told him that if he was truly interested in photography, he should look into Daytona Beach Community College because they had one of the best programs in the country. He transferred to DBCC in 2008.

Students were required to check out photography books from the library and a professor recommended he read Gordon Parks’ autobiography, A Choice of Weapons because Fernandez was fascinated with urban neighborhoods and the people who lived there.

While photographing Second Ave in Daytona Beach, Fernandez discovered Parks’ “Midway.” After reading the book he realized he had photographed the same area, and many of the buildings that stood in 1943 when Parks photographed Second Ave., were no longer standing. He decided then to retrace Parks’ Midway of 1943 and compare it to Midway today. The result is a fascinating study of a thriving neighborhood under segregation and the results of attempts at urban renewal.

For more information call Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.


Film Festival

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4 pm at Cinematique Theater

The Friends of the Daytona Beach Regional Library in partnership with Cinematique Theater will once again be presenting a Film Festival as part of the library’s Connecting with the Community series.

“Johnny Tough”, a “blaxploitation” film tempered by a social consciousness will be shown on Saturday evening. It centers around a young African-American boy who continually rebels against the white establishment, as represented by his teacher. He finds he can expect no back-up of his attitude at home, where his parents wallow in self-indulgence, so he feels that a show of force is his only option. Renny Poker who plays the boy’s father in the film, will lead the discussion following the screening. Roker has starred in countless motion pictures and in 1974 starred in and produced “Johnny Tough” the first African-American production to reach #1 in Daily Variety earning $49 million at the box office, the equivalent of $300 million in today’s dollars.

 

“Get on the Bus”, a Spike Lee production will be shown on Sunday afternoon. Released in 1996, the film is about a group of African-American men who are taking a cross-country bus trip in order to participate in the Million Man March in Washington, The film premiered on the one-year anniversary of the march. Percy Williamson of Daytona Beach will lead the discussion after the film. Williamson attended the Million Man March in 1995.

There is no charge for the movies, but tickets are required. To obtain tickets, contact Deborah Shafer at dshafer@volusia.org or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.

Food and beverages will be available at the theater.


February 2015 more info


2013-2014 Programs

Mary McCloud Bethune Program more info

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.


Impact of our musical roots more info

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.


Yes You! An Entertaining Autobiography in Three Easy Steps more info

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10 am at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.


Shade in the Sunshine State more info

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.


An Enactment of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat” more info

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.


“42” Screening in Jackie Robinson Ballpark more info

Friday, February 28, 2014 at dusk at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark on City Island.


Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Spring Training more info

Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.


Civil Rights Film Festival more info

Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Cinematique Theater
242 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm at the Cinematique Theater
242 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach.


Civil Rights Panel Discussion more info

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.
For more information call Deborah Shafer at 257-6036, ext. 16264.


Michael Pyle: White Sugar Brown Sugar more info

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.
For more information call Deborah Shafer at 257-6036, ext. 16264.


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King more info

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.
To reserve your seat contact Deborah Shafer at 257-6036, ext. 16264.


Harvesting History Oral History Project more info

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.
To reserve your seat contact Deborah Shafer at 257-6036, ext. 16264.



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