Houston, TX (PressExposure) October 01, 2008 -- The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) celebrated its landmark 15th year on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm in Los Angeles, California at the Universal Sheraton in Universal City.
LisaRaye Misick (UPN's, All of Us), World Boxing Champion Laila Ali, James Pickens Jr. (ABC's Grey's Anatomy) and Emmy nominated actress, Chandra Wilson (ABC's Grey's Anatomy) are confirmed to join an already celebrity packed panel of judges and presenters, which includes: Curtis Conway, former NFL Player and Antwone Fisher (Director, Training Day),Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris), Jimmy Jean Louis (Heroes), just to name a few.
LMAA is a non-profit educational program designed to showcase the creative and academic talents of young girls living in urban centers throughout the country. Each year, girls between the ages of 6-12 years old participate in this program. The pageant provides an early introduction to the arts and training in public speaking, while promoting individual creativity and stimulating a heightened cultural understanding. It is the largest scholarship pageant for African American girls of this age group.
Created by Lisa Ruffin (Actress/Choreographer) in 1993, LMAA has raised thousands of dollars towards the educational aspirations of its participants as well as their families. Thousands of lives have been touched and changed through this program.
LMAA provided prizes such as Clio Hair Products and scholarships to schools including Phillips Performing Arts Musical Theater for Kids, Alexia Robinson's Acting School and City of Angeles Ballet. The Queen will receive a trip to Disney World in Florida. Contestants will have the opportunity to meet with people who have become successful in a variety of professions.