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Councilman Puts Out Call for Black Men and Friends to Celebrate Black History Month

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 5:44 am
Pasadena Councilman John Kennedy seen shortly before the start of the 2019 Black History Parade in the parade formation area, February 16, 2019.

Councilman John Kennedy is calling on men to come together and celebrate Black History Month and march in the Black History Parade.

Kennedy said the men will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Charles White Park, 77 Mountain St., Pasadena and march in the parade.

The District 3 City Councilman is asking the men to wear a black suit or black pants and a white shirt.

To RSVP for the event, contact Susana Porras at (626) 710-6067, or email

The men will line up for the 39th annual Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival at 9 a.m. and begin the walk down the two-mile route at 9:30 a.m.

The event is one of the longest-running and largest Black History celebrations in Southern California.

Wendy Racquel Robinson and Margaret Avery will serve as grand marshals. Avery, played Shug in “The Color Purple.” The 1985 role earned Avery an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She has also appeared in “Blueberry Hill,” “White Man’s Burden” and “Proud Mary” among other films.

Robinson rose to fame on the “Steve Harvey Show” and “The Game.” She has been nominated for 11 NAACP Image Awards, and won in 2014 for outstanding actress in a comedy series for her work in The Game.

Edna Bluain will serve as the community grand marshal.

Alaysia Barker-Vaughn and Elijah Gates will serve as the Community Grand Marshals. Vaughn attends Loyola Marymount University. She is active in The Black Student Union, Sisters in Solidarity Club, Campus Life Ministry Community Program and Disability Service Program. In addition, she started a nonprofit that focuses on providing scholarships to students she mentors.

Gates attends UCLA on an athletic scholarship and his major is African-American studies. He is a mentor to Pasadena youth, he works with the Ronald McDonald House, STARS foster youth program, Union Rescue Mission and Boys and Girls Club events.

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