By: Tonya Jackson
For 25 years the 100 Black Men of Pensacola, Inc., headed by President Samuel A. Horton, has been serving our community through programs such as Saturday Community School, Family Literacy, and the Black History and Culture Brain Bowl. They also sponsor the UWF Collegiate 100 who concentrate their mentoring efforts on elementary students. For the past 19 years, their Tomorrow’s 100 Leadership Development Program Beautillion has been the premier event for the 100 Black Men of Pensacola. This year the event was held on Saturday, March 12th at New World Landing and honored five beaus.
Beau Edwardo F. Drisdell, Jr., Pensacola High School, is the son of Mr. Edwardo Drisdell and Mrs. Veronica Drisdell. After high school, he plans to attend the University of West Florida and major in Criminal Defense and Engineering. Zykearia Clark escorted Drisdell.
Beau Alvin L. Gordon, Jr., J. M. Tate High School, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gordon, Sr. After high school, he plans to attend the University of South Alabama and major in Nursing. Jade Sanders escorted Gordon.Beau Tyrone McKay, Booker T. Washington High School, is the son of Ms. Donna L. McKay. After high school, he plans to attend the University of Tampa and major in Biochemistry. Tia Reese escorted McKay.
Beau Cobey R. Pointer, Booker T. Washington High School, is the son of Ms. Letitia Pointer. After high school, he plans to attend Grambling University and major in Education. Eluana Wright escorted Pointer.
Beau Jamal J. Sharp, West Florida High School for Advanced Technology, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sharp. After high school, he plans to attend Florida A & M University and major in Broadcast Journalism.
“Mentoring the Foundation for Strong Future Leaders” was the theme of the event and focus of Attorney Aaron Watson’s Official Challenger address. Watson offered success tips to the beaus and also issued a challenge, “Edwardo Drisdell said majoring in criminal defense, and when I hear criminal defense, I see lawyer. So if you ever want to go into Watson and Drisdell you call me in a few years, we’ll make it happen. Jamal Sharp, broadcast journalism, I think they have room for you at channel 3. Make sure when you graduate you bring your gifts back home. A lot of folks get their degrees, but they take it to Tampa, they take it to the big cities. We need lawyers; we need broadcast journalists here in Pensacola. I challenge you beaus bring your gifts back to home. Cobey Pointer, education, we can certainly use you at Pine Forest.” Watson continued with, “We can certainly use you in our school system. Tyrone McKay, biochemistry, what to biochemist do? We can use you. Bring back your gifts. Alvin Gordon in nursing, Sacred Heart has a position for you. Make sure when graduate and you get that degree you come back and bring your talents and your gifts to Pensacola.”
If you are interested in being part of this dynamic group of men, please contact Mr. Leon Daggs, Jr., membership chairperson. He can be reached at 850-259-3673 or online at www.100BlackMenPensacola.org.