Professional Achievers for Community Excellence



African American Read-In Icon
National African American Read-In

The National African American Read-In website has made available two reading li\sts that can be downloaded. One is for young children and youth and the other is for young adults. You may want to use this as a guide for purchasing Afro-centric books for young readers.

Supplemental List for Young Children

Supplemental List for Young Adults and Adults 

On their website you will  find a little history and information about the Black caucus and National Council of Teachers of English.  Click here to access their website.



PACE African American Read-In

The African American Read-In was held on February 2, 2014 at the Josey Ranch Lake branch of the Carrollton Public Library.  The guest speaker was Charles Siler - noted author and political cartoonist.

Other speakers included Kanae Wise, Elijah English, Byron Brown, Jr. Charlander Parker, Rachel Lewis, Arlene Beasley, and Donna and Gregory Forster, Jr.  Recitations ranged from prayers to poetry, a recitation of Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech,   and pieces about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King.

Donations of new and slightly used books were donated by PACE members and members of the public.

Light refreshments were served to all who attended after the event.


Get Involved!

Become a member or help us on our next project. No time in your busy schedule to take on another project? No problem. Make a donation to help us accomplish our scholar-ship goals.


The members of PACE are united to enhance unity excellence, spiritual growth, educational opportunity, and leadership.

We hope this website will help to answer any questions you have about our organization, and will encourage you to visit with us both virtually and in person.

Please browse through our site to learn more about us and if you have any questions afterward, please feel free to contact us directly and we will be glad to answer them for you.



2014 Scholarship Recipients



To see pictures from the reception, click here.


What We Do

Each year, PACE awards as many $1,000 scholarships as your generous donations to the fund will allow.


How We Do It

In the spring of each year, scholarships of various denominations are given to young women enrolling in colleges, universities, or any institution of higher learning. We hope you will join us in this effort by making a contribution to the PACE Scholarship Fund.

How You Can Help
At PACE, we are always happy to have guests who are interested in becoming a member of our organization, or helping out, join us. We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Josey Ranch Library, 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton, Texas, unless otherwise posted. We look forward to seeing you at our PACE functions.


Our website is our way of staying connected with friends and family. We hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting our site and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Rachel Lewis, President

Professional Achievers for Community Excellence


PACE is a 501(c)(3) organization.



PACE 2014 - 2015

 Annual Planning Meeting 

The annual PACE planning meeting was held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the home of member Lillie Lawrence.

Members began their day of planning by having a breakfast consisting of a variety of fruits and breakfast breads and pastries. 

After breakfast and fellowshipping members settled in to plan the upcoming year of activities. 

The meeting adjourned at 2:50PM with all agenda items addressed.


For a schedule of all upcoming PACE events, see the News and Archive page by clicking this link.




The annual Scholarship Luncheon, the major fundraiser for scholarship for deserving African-American senior girls, was held on April 19, 2014 at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas. This year marks the 30th anniversary of PACE and was celebrated by featuring a parade of hats at the luncheon.


The luncheon menu enjoyed by members and guests is below and it was super delicious.


30th Anniversary Menu

Strawberry Fields Salad

Chicken and Mushroom Crepes

Seasonal Vegetables

Warm Rolls and Butter

A Trio of Desserts

Iced Tea



Approximately 12 members and guests participated in a contest to see which lady had the best hat.  The prize for the most spectacular one, $100 worth of spa services at Grand Spa International was won by Geraldine Hooker.


First Lady of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Mrs Robert Townsend, graciously consented to allow PACE to use some of her miniature hat creations as centerpieces.  They were simply stunning.  Below is a picture of one of the centerpieces.




Vendors came and displayed their goods - jewelry, scarves, scented items, foundation garments, nutritional products, personal care items, books, and of course, our luncheon would not be complete without beauty care products.  All indications were that the merchants were successful indeed in their efforts to generate sales. 


This year's  luncheon plans were coordinated by member Cecilia Smith. 


Check this link for information about PACE's past events.






About PACE  |  Programs   |   Membership   |   Officers   |   Members   |  News & Archives     |   Calendar   |   Contact PACE


Copyright 2013. Professional Achievers for Community Excellence

P.O. Box 112721  *  Carrollton, TX 75011-2721