Jimmy Huger honored at Daytona Beach celebration

April 4, 2012 by  

The Beta Delta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Daytona Beach, Florida, held a series of events over the weekend, known as The Legacy Celebration, to honor Jimmy Huger, a 97-year-old who has been cornerstone of the area’s black community. The fraternity to which Huger belonged when he was in college no doubt used flyer printing and poster printing to announce the celebration and make the public aware of Huger’s contributions to the community so they could raise the $30,000 in his name for college scholarships for local high school students.

Huger was instrumental in integrating the Peabody Theater and the municipal golf course in Daytona Beach. He was the first black man to serve as the director of community development for Daytona Beach, a position he held for 20 years, and on the Daytona Beach City Commission. He was also active in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s and was part of the close circle of Martin Luther King Jr., both of whom were members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and who he met in the early 1950s at a fraternity function.

According to the mayor for Daytona Beach from 1974 to 1993, Larry Kelly, Huger was not only a political leader but very much involved in the nonprofit arena and did much to give back to the community.

Huger continues to help out local organizations, works out on a regular basis at the Halifax Health Medical Center, and eats at the clubhouse restaurant he helped to integrate.