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Sat, 08.17.1968

The First Miss Black America Pageant is Held

*On this date in 1968, the first Miss Black America Pageant was held.

Held in Philadelphia it was created by J. Morris Anderson. The Miss Black America (MBA) Pageant has always provided a stage on which the Black woman could display her talent; where she could express her views; and, a pedestal where she could reign as a universal symbol of pride and dignity.  Five decades of producing the Miss Black America Pageant has opened many avenues to Black women and wiped away many negative images that have been beholden by the American Black community.

The first Black woman who became Miss America was asked how she felt being Miss America, and being Black. She responded: “Black is the least that I am"  The opinion of the MBA organization is that Black is the most beautiful entity any human being with dark skin can be in America. This, because all humans are a total of their experiences, and being Black is the most profound experience a Black human being encounters in America.

The MBA Pageant was created more also as a protest against the negative self images that Black people imposed upon themselves and against the powers which imposed those images. These negative attitudes still remain established in America.

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