The first Miss Black America pageant takes place

August 28th, 2018
The first Miss Black America pageant takes place
At nearly three in the morning, Saundra Williams walked across a stage with a cream rhinestone cape around her shoulders, a sash across her torso and a scepter in her hand, ready to be crowned as pageant royalty. Though it was the same night as the Miss America pageant, Williams’ crowning wasn’t just about beauty. It was about protest.She was the first Miss Black America, and her message was clear: black is beautiful, too. A year before Williams took the stage, J. Morris Anderson, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, asked his two young daughters what they wanted to be when they grew up. They gave an answer that most girls at the time would: they wanted to be Miss America. But he knew that the racist standards would keep them from even being considered for the crown. It was then that he decided to do something—to show his girls they could be ... read more
Source: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rssPublished on 2018-08-28By History.com Editors

 

 

 

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