The meeting was led and organized by Rev. Charles Brown and his wife, Minister Paulina Brown. Tony Hicks was introduced as a coordinator with the project. After brief introductions attendees were asked to participate in breakout groups labeled: education, history, entertainment, sports, arts, religion, and politics. Each group met for about 25 minutes to talk about how the city could celebrate the label that their table represented. Each table was provided with chart paper and markers to document ideas. Time was also allowed for individuals to move around to other tables to give input. Then each group was asked to report out to the general audience what they came up with.
During the reporting phase of the evening the audience was caught at times in “nostalgia mode” when they were reminded of some of the historic people, places, and events that have made Compton (aka the hub city) a special place to live and work for the past 125 years. Representatives from the planning meeting are scheduled to make a presentation at the July 16th city council meeting. A facebook page has been created for the project. To stay informed of the groups’ activities, and to get involved follow them at: https://www.facebook.com/Compton125Project/