Assembly Majority Leader Holden to Recognize Pasadena’s Joan Williams

first_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and the California Legislative Black Caucus will honor longtime Pasadena resident Joan Williams at a February 9 ceremony at the State Capitol marking Black History Month.Williams’ story came to light late last year when reporters wrote about her being denied the honor of riding in the 1958 Rose Parade because of her race. After she had been named Miss Crown City that year, city officials discovered she was African American and suddenly there was “no money” for a float. 57 years later, the city apologized and Tournament officials offered her a place in this year’s parade. Her story has now come full circle.“During this month when we celebrate Black History, we pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of citizens such as Joan Williams whose actions and bravery improve the quality of life for all,” said Assemblymember Holden. “Nearly 60 years ago, Mrs. Williams faced the racial prejudice of the day with fortitude and grit and found the courage to go on. With her recognition at the State Capitol, we are saying let’s correct this injustice.”Williams will fly to the Capitol as a guest of Assemblymember Holden for a special ceremony on the floor of the Assembly where she will be honored as part of “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”Mrs. Williams, a mother of 3 and grandmother to 4, had a 32-year career with Kaiser Permanente, serving in a variety of roles. Following retirement in 1994, Joan volunteered her time at Pasadena’s AIDS Service Center and also helped to organize a Saturday School for Pasadena children with the ladies of The Links, Incorporated. She was married to former Tuskegee Airman Captain Robert Williams for 45 years. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News center_img 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Government Assembly Majority Leader Holden to Recognize Pasadena’s Joan Williams 57 Years After She was Denied a Place in the Rose Parade Published on Monday, February 2, 2015 | 4:37 pm Make a commentlast_img

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