Mr. Leroy Williams is the founder and president of the Pensacola Community Arts and Recreation Association (PCARA), a non-profit community-based association dedicated to the prevention of drug abuse, violence, premarital sex and teen suicide among the youth throughout the community. PCARA has been in existence since June of 1987. PCARA offers youth and adults acting, singing and dancing lessons. PCARA presents workshops, bring in speakers, and hold "rap sessions" that address illegal drug use, teen-pregnancy and violence prevention. Mr. Williams is a national award-winning gospel playwright, producers and director. He has written, produced, directed and acted in thirty theatrical productions. His work includes such hits as:
“If Walls Could Talk”
“Don’t Make Me Lose My Religion!”
"THANK GOD IT'S SUNDAY! THE REMIX”
"THE CONGREGATION IN FULL EFFECT!
"TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED"
"THE UNBELIEVABLE MAN"
"A MESSAGE IN THE STORM"
"HOLIER THAN THOU"
"THE BOOGIE WOOGIE PREACHER"
"FAITH IS THE KEY"
"THANK GOD IT'S SUNDAY!"
"PRAYER CHANGES THINGS"
"BACK IN THE GOOD OL' DAYZ, 70'S"
"HOW JOHNNIE MAE GOT HER GROOVE ON"
"LOVE AIN'T GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT"
"GOSSIP MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND"
"TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF"
"CRACK COCAINE IS NOT THE WAY OF LIFE"
"DRUGS: YOU MAKE THE DECISION"
"HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT SAM"
"THE TOBACCO VERDICT"
"DON'T BE A VICTIM"
"THINK ABOUT IT"
"THE CRACK ALLEY"
"I WANNA BE FREE"
In addition to writing, producing and directing various plays, he has also performed in the following theatrical productions: "THAT MAN OF MINE," "FLIGHT OF THE NATIVE," "THE BIG CHURCH MEETING," "THE IDLE HEAD," "FENCES," "THE BLACK CYCLE," "RAISIN IN THE SUN," "A SUNDAY MORNING IN THE SOUTH" and the above mentioned productions. Most of the productions presented by PCARA Productions have been sellouts.
Mr. Williams has received rave reviews from the media, newspapers and even special recognition from former President Bill Clinton. His works emphasize the importance of God first, family, and young people.
Mr. Williams plans, organizes and hosts a yearly Youth Gospel Extravaganza at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The extravaganza showcases talented youth throughout the entire Pensacola and surrounding communities. Over 200 youths participate each year.
Mr. Williams plans, organizes and obtains funding for a yearly event entitled, “Community Networking and Getting Involved Funfest." The Funfest consisted of workshops and recreational activities. Over 300 youth participates each year and received free lunch, trophies and certificates for their participation.
Mr. Williams also plans and organizes an annual Non-Violence Day each year entitled "The Big Community Cookout." The cookout consisted of speeches by local leaders, entertainment and Free Food. Each year over 3,500 people attend this event.
In his unique way of reaching youth, Mr. Williams and other PCARA volunteers go to playground of housing projects with books, sporting equipment and refreshments. At these sessions he discusses prevention issues and works to interest those attending in the activities of PCARA.
Funding for the many programs PCARA offers is a major undertaking and he spends many hours rehearsing professional actors and actresses for performances of theatrical productions he writes, produces, directs, and promotes to keep their program afloat.
Mr. Williams spends many hours counseling incarcerated youth and adults. He is a business consultant for the Junior Achievement Program. Once a week, he visits area schools helping to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives.
Mr. Williams was instrumental in getting the U.S. Marines involved in the building of the Solutia Playground in 2006. Mr. Williams is the Co-Chairman of Solutia's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. He has been a member of this committee for 18 years. He is also the Chairman of the post parade activities for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Commission of Pensacola.
The hours that Mr. Williams has devoted to helping those less fortunate is truly remarkable. The fact that he is a full time employee at Solutia Inc., has a family, and a dedicated member of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church makes it even more remarkable.
Mr. Williams consistently provides a quality of service unsurpassed in his dedication to aid and encourage the safe and full development of youth, believing that giving of one's self to others will advance the well-being of man, our community and world.