Contact:  Danielle Masucci - Redding, Director, Campus Student Activities
Telephone:  321-433-7758 

Melbourne Black History Month Soul Food Luncheon

March 8, 2012, Brevard County, FL - In honor of Black History Month each year, the Soul Food Luncheon is consistently the main event. It's been a great tradition on the Melbourne Campus for many years, and will be a campus mainstay for years to come. Not only do the great citizens of Brevard County love to attend the event for the delicious food, but local residents come to our campus to be enlightened by the variety of guest speakers as well as entertainment that we present. This year has been our most active and best facilitated luncheon to date. There was tremendous participation from our community as well as many current students who shared in the experience together. The program consisted of a heartfelt and warm invocation which was led by Rev. Dr. Hazel Buggs (President, Hazel Buggs Ministries, Inc.) followed by the traditional "Life Every Voice and Sing" Libation. Following, Leonard Ross (President, Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition) delivered a profound rendition of the "I Have a Dream" speech. Members of the Melbourne Campus Dance Club (Kim Kissoon, Ashley Pultz and Kevin Heddle) performed a moving lyrical dance routine to Bob Marley's "Redemption Song", which was followed by a captivating speech executed by Brigadier General (Ret) Mary Ann Epps who is the assistant adjutant general-air and also serves as the commander of the Connecticut Air National Guard. The tasty food which was provided at our luncheon was catered by the local restaurant, Forever Soul. Traditional favorites such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens and corn bread were served. Again, this luncheon is anticipated every year, and we will hopefully make the celebration in 2013 better yet!

Immediately following our luncheon, some of the members of the community that attended assembled outside of our newly renovated Building 7 which was dedicated in honor of Dr. Joe Lee Smith by Eastern Florida State College. The dedication was brought forth by our new College President, Dr. Jim Richey. This event was attended by many community leaders from throughout Brevard County to honor Dr. Smith in this momentous occasion.

Aside from the Soul Food luncheon, the Melbourne Campus also celebrated Black History Month with a variety of other kinds of events. The Student Government Association sponsored three separate movie nights where the films The Help, The Secret Life of Bees, and The Great Debaters were shown. The SGA also sponsored a Jamaican Food Sampling in the Breezeway for students as well as a presentation by Dr. John Taylor from the Florida State College of Jacksonville about "Little Rock Central High – 50 years later".