Gulf Coast State College and Florida State University Panama City celebrated Black History Month and diversity on Thursday night at the Holley Center. The event included arts and entertainment plus the recognition of a local radio icon, Curtis "CC" Carter Jr.
Carter is known all over the panhandle for his Saturday morning blues show and work on 99.3 the beat. Over the past 35 years he has had a positive influence on the community through volunteering and fundraising.
"I've done so much stuff for the community over the years with the American Heart Association the Cancer Society, all different kinds of groups fundraising raising money for them and stuff which I really been excited about but for people coming out to recognize me that's really that's really special for me I really appreciate that," Carter said.
Celebrating diversity and people that uplift the community is something both GCSC and FSU Panama City plan to continue for their students.
"We celebrate diversity we are proud to be diverse campuses and we want all of the students to feel included therefore we celebrate everybody so tonight we celebrate Black History Month but next month we'll celebrate Women's History Month," GCSC Director of Retention and Diversity Services, Dr. Carrie Baker said.