South Brevard Concerned Citizens Committee, Inc. Honors 3 Persons
Mr. Julius Montgomery, Mrs. Gladys Williams and Rev. Nathaniel were the Honorees on April 6, 2019 at a Banquet Sponsored by The Concerned Citizens Committee of South Brevard, Inc. (CCCSBI). The event was held at The Rev. John W. Taylor Family Life Center, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Melbourne, Florida. CCCSBI President Joseph McNeil, Jr., Committee and members presented an excellent Banquet which was attended by well over 100 persons.
The Moderator/Master of Ceremony was The Rev. Lorenzo Laws, Pastor of Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Melbourne, who was presented by Ms. Pat Kelley CCCSBI, Treasurer. The atmosphere was God charged and Spirit filled; Rev. Dale Haynes offered the Invocation, Mr. Clenton Taylor greeted the attendees; and Minister Rodell Phillips presented the Banquet Speaker, The Rev. Dr. Quentin P. Woods, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Palm Bay. The Fisher of Men sung “I’ll Go, If I Have to Go by Myself.”
Dr. Woods issued encouraging words and a challenge from the CCCSBI theme “Linking Communities: Bridge Building” by using Psalm 133 as the Scriptural reference … “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren (people) to dwell together in unity…” and his focus was “Unity in the Community.” He called the community to consider speaking with a voice of unity; specify what you are unified to do; give value to your voice of unity; and most of all, your unity needs to be seen by the action you take and make.”
Rev. Ronald Taylor, blessed the food and it seemed that everyone dined sumptuously. Mr. Courtney Bankston reminded everyone, through song, that “God has a blessing with your name on it.” Now it was time for the Awards to be presented in the following order. Mr. Julius Montgomery by Mr. Charles Jackson; Ms. Marva Murray presented Mrs. Gladys Williams and Rev. Nathaniel Harris was presented by Mrs. Clara Smith.
Mr. Julius Montgomery, a native of Homewood, Alabama, is the oldest of 12 children. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and later moved to Melbourne, FL. Mr. Montgomery was a pioneer in breaking down segregation in Brevard County and the Space Center. He was the first African American Electronic Technician hired at Cape Canaveral in 1956 and was not really accepted by his white co-workers. Mr. Montgomery, in 1958 enrolled to attend Brevard Engineering College but was initially rejected by the white school. In 1961 he successfully integrated the school which is now the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Mr. Montgomery is highly recognized by FIT each year when the Julius Montgomery Pioneer Award is given to a deserving community leader. Mr. Montgomery is a Steward Emeritus at Greater Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Melbourne, FL.
Mrs. Gladys Williams was born in Dawson, Georgia in 1943 but her family moved to Melbourne in 1945. She is also a pioneer for human rights and has volunteered at the Holmes Regional Medical Center, served on the Nursing Guild and kitchen committee at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Melbourne. Mrs. Williams, in 1991, founded the Club Esteem mentoring program to assist and mentor at risk youth in the greater Melbourne area. She currently resides in Stuttgart, Germany where she volunteers with the Stuttgart Community Spouse Club thrift store. This club has awarded over $10K in scholarships to graduating American students throughout Germany. Mrs. Williams is truly a pioneer and leader.
Rev. Nathaniel Harris, Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Melbourne is described as a leader among leaders. The CCCSBI recognized Pastor Harris for his leadership at Macedonia for 27 years. Pastor Harris as a visionary pioneer, has founded or expanded several ministries; Married Couples, Drama, Evangelism, Nursing, Women’s, Veteran’s Affairs, Audio-Visual and Publication Ministries. During his tenure, Capital improvement has been one of his visions. The Rev. John W. Taylor Family Life Center which includes Sunday School classrooms and the Banquet Hall was constructed. This event was held in the Family Life Center. Rev. Harris spearheaded the founding of the Macedonia Community Development Corporation (MCDC) and since 2011 has completed and rented four single family affordable homes and a duplex structure. Pastor Harris’ most cherished moments are seeing souls come to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior and to witness the powerful transformation of a life now surrendered to Jesus Christ.
Remarks and thanks were given by Mr. Foster Thayer, Banquet Chairman, President Joseph McNeil, Jr., and the audience was reminded of the Mission of the Concerned Citizens Committee: “To develop and improve the communities of South Brevard through political, educational, environmental and economical changes. Additionally, aiding and bringing forth the concerns of the South Brevard Communities through home owners, public officials, community and social organizations to address all concerns before local municipalities, County, State and National Officials.” The benediction was given by Rev. Ralph Newell.