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An effort to recognize historic Black leaders has expanded this month through a partnership between the Midtown Community Development Corporation and the city. Street banners will be displayed on International Speedway Boulevard from Nova Road to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and feature local Black icons including:
Dr. Mary McLeod BethuneMary Evelyn BonnerRose Marie BryonMinnie Wiggins CampbellCharles W. Cherry Sr.Samuel James “Rip” Collins Jr. Dr. Evelyn Stocking CrosslinJames E. Huger Sr. Keturah Thompson JacksonMerrell Charles Lloyd Dr. Richard V. Moore Sr.Jack (Jackie) Roosevelt Robinson Yvonne Scarlett-GoldenLeRosa Smith Herbert Thompson Howard Thurman
Additional banner sponsors include the Daytona Branch of the NAACP, Daytona Times, Daytona Tortugas, Delta Signa Theta Sorority, Geico, Herbert Thompson Funeral Home, Identity Church, Medallion Healthcare Services and Ritchey Autos.
Street banners recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were unveiled in January on the same stretch of road.
Biographical information about the featured local pioneers can be found online at www.CelebratingBlackHistory.com.