THE BIG SURPRISE—Jean Bryant being escorted into the Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

THE BIG SURPRISE—Jean Bryant being escorted into the Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Jean Bryant, long time Post-Gazette writer and the creator and founder of a scholarship program that spand more than 36 years in the City of Pittsburgh, was giving a surprise appreciation day by family and friends.

Her work in the formation of Miss African American Teen pageant afforded many teenage girls the opportunity to pursue careers in the field of law, education, entertainment just to name a few.

JEAN BRYANT ALL SMILES

JEAN BRYANT ALL SMILES

As a retired Post Gazette Reporter she unselfishly funded past contestants to further their education through Grad School. In addition to her 36-year pageant program for girls she created a project known as Mr. African American, which targeted at risk males. The purpose of that was to build self-esteem and confidence as they reinvented themselves through positive reinforcements. Jean Bryant was honored at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne, Pa.

 

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