Editor’s note: For this year’s Black History Month, Greater Union Life Center is sponsoring banners along Woodland Boulevard in DeLand honoring 16 individuals who have made a positive impact on the city of DeLand, and Volusia County.
Clarence “Junior” Goosby is a community advocate who hosts special events for the entire community to enjoy, from Christmas toy drives and Thanksgiving meals to free haircuts.
Down in Fort Lauderdale, Clarence Goosby and his wife, Kisha, both run their own shop called JKG Beauty Supply. But in DeLand, Goosby cuts hair at BDiva Beauty Supply.
Goosby says he wouldn’t be able to do the events and drives without his wife.
“She always is right there with me, front and center,” Goosby said.
Goosby explained what Black History Month, and what being chosen as an honoree, mean to him.
“Black History Month means remembrance of what we have been through and what we are becoming together, as Black Americans,” Goosby said. “It’s a major feeling because it’s coming from my city where I put so many years in trying to do better for the community. I put so much work in and sometimes it seems like it wasn’t getting noticed, so seeing this is making me overwhelmed.”
Although the recognition is great, Goosby said, his major priority is that the community benefits from his doings.
“It’s about getting to the goals of the community: That’s what keeps me going,” Goosby said. “I just love giving back, and I love just seeing smiles on people’s faces.”