The rain stopped allowing the sun to shine and the community to come out in large numbers to enjoy the 28th Annual Black History Parade in Pasadena, CA. Community business woman and community activist, Juanita West-Tillman, and activist, Greg Mosley, reigned over the festivities.
Mosley's local volunteer involvement has included the Robinson Park Master Plan Committee, W.D. Edson Neighborhood Improvement Association, Pasadena YMCA and Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services. Mosley recently celebrated the completion of the Revamping of Robinson Park.
West-Tillman has been involved in the Pasadena/Altadena community for many years,serving on boards of non-profit organizations and organizing voter registration drives. She is chairwoman of the Pasadena NAACP Branch's Education Committee, treasurer of the Pasadena Council of Women's Clubs and is an advisor to John Muir High School's Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development.
Local leaders, politicians, sororities, educators, pastors and business leaders came out to join the community in paying tribute to Black History and the contributions of African Americans, locally and nationally.
Pasadena's Black History Parade was held on Saturday, February 20, and featured as its celebrity grand marshals Michaela Pereira and Gayle Anderson of KTLA-TV, Channel 5.
Pereira joined the KTLA team as co-anchor of the Morning Show in 2004 and has won several Radio & TV News Association Gold Mic Awards. She is chairwoman of the board of LA's BEST Friends, an after-school education, enrichment and recreation program, and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Black Journalists Association of Southern California and American Women in Radio and Television. She is also active with the NAACP.
Anderson has been a reporter with the KTLA Morning News since 1993. She is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and is active in several charitable organizations including the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation and the Watts-based Mama Hill's Help.The parade began at at Charles White Park, located on Ventura Street at Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena, and ended at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.
Following the parade, a family festival was held from noon to 4 p.m. at Robinson Park and included live music, food, information booths and much more.
Those wanting information about next year's parade and festival may call Jarvis Emerson, Human Services and Recreation Department, at (626) 744-7300.