60 years is so long to wait but in this case late is definitely better than never.  Stories like this are so inspiring and leaves one with such hope for our future. But it also makes me want to go back in time and punch some folks in the nose. Joan Williams will finally take her place atop a float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses on New Year’s Day 2015. I am thrilled that Mrs. Williams is alive to receive this honor. Here’s to good things coming full circle.

Nearly 60 years ago, she wasn’t allowed to ride in the Rose Parade because she is black. But on Thursday, the city of Pasadena will make things right for 83-year-old Joan Williams.

“The theme is perfect,” Joan says. “And when they told me that I would be on the banner float that carries the theme, ‘Inspiring Stories,’ that was very apropos, I thought.”

Joan was named “Miss Crown City” in 1958 but wasn’t allowed to participate in the parade after a local newspaper revealed her heritage.

She says she never tried to conceal who she was, she just happens to have a fair complexion.

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Ironic that the reigning 2015 queen is a beautiful, young black lady:  Madison Elaine Triplett, 17,

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