Pasco-Hernando State College remembers Dr. Robert Judson, Jr.

A crowd poured into the Pasco-Hernando State College’s Performing Arts Center in New Port Richey to honor Dr. Robert Judson Jr. Judson, the college’s former president, passed away on Sept. 17 at the age of 77. He made history in 1994 when he became the first black president of a college within the Florida Community College system. At the time, PHSC was still known as a community college. The … [Read more...]

Remembering the legacy of Odell Mickens

Odell Kingston Mickens’ legacy as a Dade City educator and civil rights activist endures more than three decades after his death in 1980. When racism and Jim Crow laws denied blacks access to public education during the 1930s, Mickens expanded the outreach of education to black students in Pasco County. When white school boards eventually included black schools into a separate, but … [Read more...]

Area events honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on each year as communities nationwide celebrate the birth of the civil rights leader with parades, community service days and reflections on his message of non-violence. The official holiday honoring King will be Jan. 18. In Pasco County, celebrations will be take place throughout the week, including a first-time parade in Lacoochee on the … [Read more...]

Have a ‘Joyous Kwanzaa’

The holiday season at the end of the year is a time of celebration for many religions around the world. Christians rejoice in the birth of Christ. Jews reflect on the miracle of Hannukah when a single-day of sacred oil for burning candles at a rededicated temple lasted eight days. For many African-Americans the season brings one more celebration, known as Kwanzaa. The holiday’s name is … [Read more...]

Keeping heritage alive in East Pasco

Imani Asukile walks among the headstones at Indian Pond Cemetery in Dade City, looking at the writing on each one. He knows some names, knew some of the people personally and even has a relative buried there. But not every grave is clearly marked and some of the names are unknown. What is known about the old graves is that those who were buried there long ago -- some at the beginning of the … [Read more...]