What Year is This? Rose Parade Redemption
Better late than never, I suppose.
Nearly 60 years after Joan Williams’ spot on a Rose Parade float was revoked because officials discovered her ethnicity, the former “Miss Crown City” will be seated at the start of the annual New Year’s Day parade.
As reported in JET in 1959: “For when word spread that light-complexioned Mrs. Williams was a Negro, fellow employees in the municipal office where she works as an accountant-clerk suddenly stopped speaking to her. And Mrs. Williams did not ride on a float, because the City of Pasadena neglected to include one in its own parade. Too many others were already entered, explained an official.”
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