Check out our latest lovely photo restoration! This is Carol Lites in the 1970s during a photo shoot at the park district where she learned to twirl baton. Isn’t the long fringe on her costume great!? We love it. All of us here at the Vintage Twirler miss chainette fringe!
During her twirling career, Ms. Lites served as co-captain and captain of the Proviso East High School Majorettes, Maywood, Illinois. Today, she serves as Director of S.T.A.T. (Sheer Talent & Technique) and is an executive board member of the Black Baton Twirlers Network.
From the BBTN website:
Black Baton Twirlers Network (BBTN) was the outcome of a two-part panel discussion regarding African Americans and their role within the sport of baton twirling during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. This network was formed to become a 501(c) non-profit that establishes the first steps to provide a platform for the voices, stories, and advocacy of black baton twirlers, their allies, and supporters.
The sport of baton twirling continues to face a lack of diversity. Specifically, within the competitive level of the sport, there is even more of a true under-representation with communities of color. The Black Baton Twirlers Network will support programs and targeted initiatives that will provide an outcome that strengthens the overall membership and leadership within the sport.
Here are a few more photos of Ms. Carol Lites during her years as a majorette with Proviso East High School, Maysville, Illinois.