MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech will celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. on campus. The
commemoration, hosted by Alumni Affairs and the Department of Humanities and Communication, will take place in the Denius Student Center’s John and Martha
Hartley Room on the second floor.
Gordon Patterson, professor of humanities and university historian, will speak on the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rev. Carol Williams Glanton will be honored at the commemoration with the Julius Montgomery Pioneer Award. She is pastor of the Triumph Church in
Glanton is vice president of the South Brevard chapter of the NAACP, chairman of Neighborhood Watch, and president of the South Brevard Ministerial
Alliance. She also was the founding president of the Martin Luther King Coalition, former president of a local Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the
Democratic Women’s Club.
Cleave Frink of Melbourne still thinks of her as the lady with the bullhorn. Frink remembers how, in the early 70s, Glanton campaigned to stop drug dealing
in a Melbourne neighborhood by entreating the drug sellers to “get out of town” and warning parents to not allow their youths near a particular store.
Under Glanton’s leadership, recalled Frink, “We created confrontations that lasted two years and finally closed down the store. Today we have a beautiful
library at that location.”
A graduate of Melbourne Vocational High School, she earned an associate’s degree from Brevard Community College and a bachelor’s degree from the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Melbourne resident Julius Montgomery was one of Florida Tech’s first African American students. An associate of Florida Tech founder, Dr. Jerry Keuper,
Montgomery was a technician and co-worker of Keuper’s at RCA at Cape Canaveral in the late 1950s.
The public is welcome to attend this presentation of short lectures, which will be followed by light refreshments. Please RSVP to Hazel Rosskamp at (321)