During The Journal's 20 plus years of publishing, we have hosted a number of sponsored events. There has been the Pasadena Black Expo which we founded in 1990 and continued until approximately 1994; The Marketplaces, including The Children's Marketplace which we held for vendors and children under the age of 18; and the Jesus Is the Reason For the Season Gospel/Jazz Concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, featuring Jazz/Gospel saxophonists Ron Brown and Kirk Whalen and guitarist Doc Powell. All of these events have been our way of giving back to the community we live in and serve. My wife puts it simply by saying, "The Journal and the things we do in its name for the past twenty-two years has been our ministry."
Watching the young people conduct business at the Youth Marketplace in Hopkins Village was very rewarding, and to see some of the young participants now in college or graduating is very special. Our Professional Career Institute began in March, 2007 and was designed to introduce young African Americans to career options. The Institute has published a book on requirements to enter various careers called, "Career Finder Handbook." The book is available at the Institute/Journal office. Participants in that event included Dr. Joyce Ritchie, an M.D. teaching at the University of Southern California; Charles Bryant, a Pasadena Architect; Dr. Rosie Milligan, author and founder of Milligan Book Publishing Company and "Black Writers on Tour"; Lorenzo Griffin, founder of LaRan Hair Care Products, one of the few remaining Black-owned hair care product companies in the United States, and Attorney Pam Decatur, a practicing attorney who is also a Real Estate Broker.
The Institute served as the impetus for us seeking approval and licensing from the California State Post Secondary Education Department, making us one of the few Black-owned trade schools/colleges in California. Classes are postponed until further notice. However, those interested in Paralegal training and Legal Assistant/Secretarial classes may contact The Journal (626-798-3972) to be placed on the list to be contacted when classes will begin again.
All of The Journal sponsored events and programs have been special and rewarding in their own way. However, nothing has been more rewarding than our Women of Achievement breakfast held at the Brookside Clubhouse. The time has come for our 2012 breakfast, and it looks like it has the makings of being another successful event. This year's Women of Achievement Breakfast will be held at Brookside Clubhouse on April 28, 2012, at 9:00 am. We have chosen to honor ten women who are our elders and who have given much to the community, without fanfare or recognition for the roles they play in moving us forward. Some have been the first in their fields, but more importantly, all have been the best.
Being first has its place. But it's shown that seemingly closed doors can be opened. Being the best is powerful because it sets the example for quality. The April 28, 2012 breakfast will, "recognize, honor, and uplift women who have consistently made a difference in our lives and the life of our community" (a phrase from the Tri State Defender Newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee). Their work has made our community a better place to live, grow, serve and move forward. We honor them because these are the women on whose shoulders we stand and they deserve a day of recognition for all they do and have done for our community.
Last year's event honoring Black women in medicine and ministry was a sold-out event. Don't miss this year's event. Contact The Journal to reserve your tickets now and support these most worthy women.
This year's honorees include: Ms. Lois Richard; Ms. Juanita De-Vaughn; Dr. Mae Cowan; Ms. Mack Robinson; Ms. Regenia Moses; Ms. Versie Mae Richardson; Dr. Allie Louise Almore-Randle; Ms. Mildred Hawkins, Ms. Marie Foster and Ms. Mildred Lewis.
Entertainment will feature Saxophonist Jazz/Gospel Saxophonist Ron Brown; Soloist Allisonne Crawford and Blues entertainer, Brother Yusef. The Keynote speaker will be author and motivational speaker, Dr. Rosie Milligan. Playwrite and author Gabrielle Pina, fresh from her successful presentation of "LETTERS FROM ZORA" will make a special appearance and will be available to sign her books (see her story featured in this week's Journal).