Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Judge Throws out City's Black College Reunion Traffic Plan

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Judge Throws out City's Black College Reunion Traffic Plan

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The NAACP and several Black college students convinced a federal judge to stop the city's plans to restrict car access to city beaches during the Black College Reunion earlier this month.

However, despite what had been a relatively peaceful weekend, two men were shot one fatally -- and a woman was stabbed early in the morning of the final day of festivities.

The traffic plan approved by the city would have allowed beach access only to residents, hotel guests, and those conducting business. Others would have had to park their cars and take a shuttle.

But the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in papers filed in federal court in Orlando prior to the weekend that the plan would have denied the rights of equal protection and assembly to the Black students who showed up for the three days of revelry. Additionally, the suit pointed out that no similar traffic plans were enforced for the 500,000 visitors who attended Bike Week or the 150,000 visitors at spring break -- events that are attended mainly by White visitors.

A computer-assisted review of police records found that more people were arrested during Black College Reunion last year than other Daytona Beach events such as Bike Week and spring break. Police averaged 550 traffic tickets and 70 arrests a day, mostly for minor offenses, during the three days of beachside revelry by Black college students, according to the analysis by The Orlando Sentinel. The newspaper's review showed that four out of five people arrested or given tickets that weekend were Black. …

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