Jay Leno Gives a Nod to Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant on The Tonight Show
Los Angeles, CA - It was 1993 when actress/choreographer Lisa Ruffin caught the vision that she would positively impact the lives of aspiring little African American girls, instilling in them a strong sense of self-esteem and purpose. She produced her very first Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant and has never looked back. Today, twenty years later, she has not only influenced thousands of lives, but several of those little girls are now grown women who credit the pageant as a focal point in their lives.
The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant will celebrate 20 years of success on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Ruffin has announced a nationwide registration and will select 50 young participants, between the ages of 6 and 12, for this landmark celebration.
The pageant has seen a host of celebrity participation over the years including Laila Ali, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Tarji P. Henson and Chandra Wilson. Jay Leno even paid a holiday visit to Ruffin and the pageant participants this past Christmas, acknowledging the wonderful work Ruffin has done over the years with a surprise visit from China Ann McClain, the star of the Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm" and Tyler Perry's "House of Payne." The visit aired during a special holiday highlight segment on "The Tonight Show."
"I am humbled that God has allowed me to continue to do this work for 20 years now," reveals Ruffin. "I'm so proud of all my girls and am so looking forward to this pageant being a extra special celebration!"
Young hopefuls, age 6 - 12 can submit their application for participation at www.Littlemissafricanamericainc.org.
For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants, go to http://vimeo.com/15018101.