The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and achievements were celebrated at a Jan. 11 event hosted by Florida Tech’s Office of Alumni Affairs and the Department of Humanities and Communication. A highlight was a presentation of the Seventh Annual Julius Montgomery Pioneer Award by President Anthony J. Catanese. The 2012 award recipient, Melbourne resident Valene Croskey, was honored for his significant contributions to the community.
Additionally, Dean of Students at Brevard Community College and Melbourne resident Leroy Darby sang gospel selections and community notable Leonard Ross recited Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Croskey, who began a teaching career as a science instructor at Stone High School in 1958, was assistant principal at Melbourne High School, principal at DeLaura Junior High and Central Junior High, assistant to the superintendent and director of student services for the Brevard School District. He retired in 2000. He is life member of the NAACP.
Melbourne, Fla., resident Julius Montgomery was one of Florida Tech’s first African American students. An associate of Florida Tech founding president Dr. Jerry Keuper, Montgomery was his co-worker at RCA at Cape Canaveral in the late 1950s.
Pictured from left: President Anthony J. Catanese, Valene Croskey and Julius Montgomery.