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Pinky Promise

A few weeks ago, I covered the first inaugural Pinky Promise Ball held in Memphis. About 40 girls, were presented to their family and friends in a debutante-style ceremony that revolved around sexual purity before marriage.  Dressed in formal regatta, these high school girls took a purity pledge, danced a waltz their fathers and received sapphire purity rings.  Shelby County has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, according to the most recent data.

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(center) Keandria Craft waits with other girls to join in a ceremonial pledge of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball.

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(center) Jalen Burkins waits with other escorts to present girls to their family and friends before taking vows of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball.

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(right) Jameel Hasan kisses his daughter (center) Cardeisha Morris on the cheek after presenting her with a ring to commemorate her vow of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball held at the Cook Convention Center.

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