On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Michael Saunders, WCFB Director of Branding and Program, and Monica May, STAR 94.5 ws/Community Affairs Director organized and spear-headed a group of community representatives at an historical Orlando Leadership Luncheon. The purpose of the luncheon was to stand together, and encourage positive change as a united front. Located in the room were powerful church leaders, historical social justice organizational leaders, and minority media leaders with a goal to speak as a united body.
In times such as these where there is an attack not only on our religious values, but our family, and our youth, many believe that Black leaders cannot work together for a common goal and a common purpose. But at this meeting, we all agreed that Black Lives Matter, and we all are willing to utilize our different skills and expertise to build a movement whose purpose is unity and justice. Inside the room, the gathering was electric and powerful, because everyone who attended was there to make a difference in our community.
Some of the community leaders attending this luncheon/meeting were Rev. Larry Mills, President of AACCC, Pastor Riva Tims, Majestic Life Ministries & gospel host of STAR 94.5, Rev Derrick McRea, The Experience Christian Center, Shellie Minnnis, Senior Director of Central Florida Urban League, Minister James Muhammad, the Nation of Islam in Orlando, Kran Riley, President of the Orange County NAACP, Lawanna Gelzer, President of NAN-Central Florida, G-Money Community Activist, Roderick Love, Community Synergy Group, Inc., other minority business owners, and other church pastors and community leaders.
The STAR 94.5 team, Michael Saunders, and Monica May would like to thank everyone for their participation and attendance at the first organizational meeting. Next there will be a panel discussion Live on STAR 94.5 to discuss some of the critical issues impacting the Black community. As the organization continues to build a united front, STAR Cares (the community arm of STAR 94.5) is preparing for the 20th anniversary of the historic Million Man March on October 10th 2015 in Washington D.C.