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Hometown Heroes Recognized at Juneteenth Banquet

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman College is proud to announce that on Thursday, June 15, 2006, 9 graduates and staff received 2006 Juneteenth Hometown Hero Awards. Juneteenth, as it is celebrated today, observes the freedom of African – American while encouraging self development and respect for all cultures.

Well known throughout America & Europe, Harry Burney, has achieved recognition for his unique approaches to teaching multi-cultural education. He currently serves as a consultant for the great Bethune-Cookman College and has worked with the Concert Chorale.

Married for 51 years, Bethune-Cookman College Sweethearts, Edward & Joeretha Hayes retired from Volusia County Public Schools after serving more than 35 years respectively. The Hayes’ are very active in the community and affiliated with many associations, including the Bethune-Cookman College Alumni Associations.

A native of Daytona Beach, FL, Lisa Lewis has worked with the Council of Aging (COA) for over 20 years. She has a professional goal of addressing the needs of the total person, whether that includes personal care, homemaking, transportation and or Meals on Wheels.

With Education being her passion, Joneva L. Loper, has dedicated her time to being the Assistant Principal of the Bonner Elementary School . She feels very strongly about parental support and has diligently worked to provide Parent to Kid training for those in need.

“Strive to be the best you can be and never give up on your dreams,” is the motto of Kim A. Moten. She began her career with the Bonner Bros. and now owns her own Hair Salon, Day Spa, Fashion Boutique and magazine.

Our very own Professor of Biology, and head of the Department of Biology at Bethune-Cookman College, and President of Herbert Thompson Funeral Home, Herbert W. Thompson was also one of the Hometown Heroes honored.

Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Joan C. Thompson has returned to Bethune-Cookman College as an Assistant Professor of Education coordinating Freshman College Seminar Courses. She has served Bethune-Cookman College for over thirty years.

Stanley H. Whitted began his educational career at DeLand Senior High School in 1973 and became the Area Superintendent for Volusia County Public Schools in 2003. He often states, “Serving one’s community is a responsibility for all adults who live in the village.

Congratulations to each recipient of the 2006 Juneteeth Hometown Hero Award.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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