The Pasadena Alliance of African American School Educators (PAAASE) honored local African American high school seniors at its 15th Annual Rites of Passage program at Metropolitan Baptist Church on Sunday, May 6th.
Educator and radio personality Roland Bynum kept things lively and moving as master of ceremony.
Seniors from Blair, Muir, Marshall, Pasadena, Rose City, and the CIS Academy were all ushered into adulthood by a few hundred people, who really care about not only the future of these teens but the future of our community. This rites of passage are to sow the adolescences that community matters and it's not only their family rooting for their success but all of the African Americans in the area of Pasadena and Altadena.
Los Angeles Unified School board member Dr. George J. McKenna III read the Rites of Passage Oath and gave an incredible speech as the keynote speaker.
PAASE had scholarship presentations that included the Eddie Newman Scholarships that were presented by Allisonne Crawford to Faith Bennett-Dunn of Blair, T. John George of CIS Academy, Samantha James of Marshall, Tyron Martin of Muir, Kiera Smith of Pasadena and Jaylin Miller of Rose City.
Overall the event was uplifting and it's a beautiful thing when you see so many youths and adults together for a night of love, respect and encouragement.
Photo courtesy Dana Hill