Purpose and Objective
In January of 1981, a group of approximately 100 African American citizens of Fernandina Beach honored the late civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a twenty-car motorcade procession. The procession began at Peck High School and proceeded north on 10th Street to Centre Street, and ended at the Downtown Dockside.
Galaxy Productions director Leroy Tyler who sponsored this event, passionately reminded the group to work together to keep Dr. King's dream alive. Maxwell Wilson, William "Billy" Simpson, David White and others assisted in the event and encouraged the entire community to get involved.
Since then, the Nassau County Christian Leadership Conference has continued to be responsible for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Program. During this program perspective candidates preparing to further their education, receive a scholarship to assist with their financial expenses.
In 2004, Rev. James Arthur was elected president of the organization, and under his leadership the Nassau County Christian Leadership Conference continued to be a viable asset to the citizens of Nassau County. Reverend Arthur and his wife Jacquelyn worked diligently these past 10 years representing this organization.