The Century-Flomaton Improvement Association sponsored the Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday celebration at the Century Community Center on Highway 4 West in Century, Florida on Monday January 16th with Tony R. McCray, Jr. of Pensacola’s IBIS Community Development Corporation serving as the program’s guest speaker. Presided over by Melvin Whatley, a marine stationed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, the event gave the feeling of a civil rights church “mass meeting”.
The program included a greeting from Century Mayor Freddie McCall, choir selections from Bethel A.F.M. Church of God, and a special selection from newly elected city council person, Minister Annie Savage. The program honored the memory of Charles L. Scott, Sr., a tireless community servant; Ms. Sharon Denise Scott, a committed worker in the community; and W.D. Jack Moran, a countywide leader in community development, history preservation, and race relations.
Century community leader, Marilyn Robinson introduced McCray as a friend of the Century area that she met during the Ivan Hurricane recovery while he served as Special Projects Director with Rebuild Northwest Florida. With the theme of the celebration being “Keep the Dream Alive,” McCray compared the similarities between Dr. King and the civil rights movement to the advocacy efforts the of the Century-Flomaton Improvement Association to ensure equal employment opputunities at Pensacola’s Maritime Park project located at the southernmost point of Escambia County.
McCray brought greetings to the north county citizens from the IBIS Community Development Corporation, the Escambia-Pensacola Human Relations Commission, the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce, the Pensacola Voice Newspaper, and the newly organized Higher Heights of Escambia. McCray shared with the audience that these Pensacola organizations have not forgotten Century residents and challenged them to stay involved in developing the city and the surrounding rural area.
Marilyn Robinson closed the event urging citizens to become more involved with the Century-Flomaton Improvement Association. The cities of Century and Flomaton have collaborated for years to improve the livelihood of north Escambia County and south Alabama residents.