Honors Dinner Toasts Notable Local African Americans

Fourth and fifth graders from Longfellow Elementary School give a unique performance that blends bits of the Dr. Martin Luther King\'s Horace Wormley (middle) accepts a community service award on behalf of Georgia Holloway.Lillian Osborne and her youth ambassadors were honored.Fourth and fifth graders from Longfellow Elementary School give a unique performance that blends bits of the Dr. Martin Luther King\'s Local businessman Ron Matthews receives a community service award on behalf of the Black Male Forum.


6:26 am | February 2, 2014

Local residents, volunteers and activists gathered Saturday night at the Pasadena Hilton to honor notable local African American contributors during the Red, Black and Green Honors Dinner.

More than 200 people were in attendance at the event, just one of several leading up the 32nd Annual Black History Parade and Festival being held on Feb. 15.

Pasadena City Council Members Jackie Robinson and John Kennedy were on hand to hand out awards to a handful of people and groups noteworthy for their volunteer efforts in the city.

Honorees included the Black Male Forum, volunteer Georgia Holloway, Director of the Northwest Ambassadors Program Lillian Osborne and Ralph Fuller.

Kennedy said of Holloway: “Georgia is someone who has provided food and shelter and holiday baskets and Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets over the past 20-plus years.”

Other events will follow the gala. Below is a schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 8

“Liturgical Praise Dance Conference” Enjoy music, dance and fellowship at New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, 855 N. Orange Grove Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8.

“Speaking Of: Dr. Terrance Roberts” Pasadena resident Dr. Terrence Roberts made history as one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957, marking a milestone in the American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Roberts talks about the Little Rock Nine, civil rights, social justice, community building and ethical decision making. Book signing follows talk. Books available on site for purchase. Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., 2 p.m., Feb. 8.

Sunday, Feb. 9

“Black Film Showcase” Watch the biographical film “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950), which stars the great baseball legend himself, 2-5 p.m., Feb. 9, at Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

“Where We Are, Where We’ve Been: Stories from Africa and African-Americans” Join storyteller Michael McCarty for one of two events as he reveals the struggles, joys, triumphs and beauty of African and African-American history and culture. The first event begins at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 11, at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. Repeat performance 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Call (626) 744-7268 for more info.

Thursday, Feb. 13

“Struggle and Triumph: An Evening of Storytelling and Song with Yvette Brandy” Join storyteller Yvette Brandy as she explores the African-American experience from the promises of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to the stories of men and women who used their talents and gifts to make them a reality for all, to the daily lives of African-Americans throughout history. Held 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 13, at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 15

“32nd Annual Black History Parade and Festival”

Begins at 10 a.m. at Charles White Park in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. After the parade, from noon to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the Black History Festival on Hammond Street and north side of Robinson Park. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, special displays, music and other free entertainment.

Friday, Feb. 21

“Senior Night Out” Join the high-energy fun, good food and conversation at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., for this special Senior Night Out, from 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22

“Dark Girls” Attend a special screening of the documentary “Dark Girls” (2012), which explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color outside of and within the Black American culture. A film discussion, moderated by Coming to the Table, will follow. The event is 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

“Matters of the Heart – Fitness Zone” Exercise and attend lectures 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Sunday, February 23

“Praise Dance & Song Jubilee” Enjoy music, dance and fellowship at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave., 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23.

Thursday, February, 27

“NOBLE Black History Breakfast” Join the Pasadena Police and Fire departments and the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for their annual breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Pasadena Tabernacle of the Salvation Army, 960 E. Walnut St. Author and filmmaker Wilbert Smith, Ph.D. will present the documentary “Hole in the Head, A Life Revealed.” In the film, Vertus Hardiman reveals to a friend that he fell victim to a medical experiment at age 5, a tragic and horrific secret he concealed under a wig for 70 years. Witness the power of forgiveness and watch two friends set out to retrace what happened to Hardiman in 1927.

“Modern-day Scheherazade Pairs Stories and Paintings in ‘Music at the Easel’” Join gifted storyteller Marilyn La Grone-Amaral as she pairs archetypal paintings with anecdotal stories and mood poems, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Central Library/Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. La Grone-Amaral is the daughter of the late Roy E. La Grone, a combat pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, our nation’s first division of black fighter pilots in WWII. La Grone was also a master painter who taught his daughter about form, color and movement, and how to hone her inner vision in order to see creative designs ranging far beyond the stretched canvas.

For more information about Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net or follow us onTwitter@PasadenaGov. Events and other info listed onwww.cityofpasadena.net/BlackHistory.aspx