For the 39th year, the Kansas City KS chapter of the Black Professional Firefighters Assoc. known as P.R.I.D.E. (Professional Racial Image Demonstrating Equality) held their annual ball. This year, the ball was held on Feb. 10 and honored 12 local community leaders and activists.
The ball included a dance with entertainment provided by the Julian Cortez Vaughn Band. Vaughn of Kansas City has performed nationally and internationally at notable Jazz festivals such as the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Catalina Island Jazz Festival, Big Bear Lake Festival and the Dubai International Jazz Festival
Proceeds from the ball are used for a back to school fair, Christmas gifts for a family, Thanksgiving baskets for a family, and donations to scholarship funds and programming.
Each year P.R.I.D.E. sponsors the Community Day at the park where they give away free food and schools supplies to over 750 community kids.
Photographer, Kamiasha Tyner of Dignified Digital and creator of the documentary; “Sumner High School ‘The Best Kept Secret” was on hand to capture the evening in pictorial detail.