By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 13, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Nineteen young men are beaming with pride after they were selected by members of the community to be initiated into the Links Beautillion.
Alexis Roberts McMillian, President of the Tallahassee Links, said, “They'll be given the opportunity to see what some of the people in our community do and how they can better achieve the same kind of thing for themselves."
Roberts says the Links program will help provide these young men of color the recognition and support they need.
"They're not given that “oomph” that they need to be given, so this organization is very proud to be able to do this for these young men," Roberts added.
The ceremony began with the lighting of the candle, followed by guest speakers encouraging the men to think of their future. One of the participants, Micheal Crimbley, said he's excited for what's in store.
"I'm thrilled to see what they have in store for me and what I'm going to learn over the next few weeks and what they are going to teach me and how they're going to mature me into a man that I'm trying to be," he exclaimed.
After the young men declare “We are ready to proceed,” the drumming commences and so begins the draping of the green coat.
Duane Reece, another participant, shared his thoughts on the experience saying, "I felt nervous at first, but I also felt good today because it shows I'm transitioning into manhood."
After Sunday's ceremony, the students will begin nine weeks of intense curriculum. These "beaus" will be one step closer to achieving their dreams, academically and career-wise.
"I'm honored because as we were in there I was thinking there are others that could have been selected over me, but to be in the top 19 select few to be in this program feels amazing,” stated Crimbley.