The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. will hold The Miss Black USA Pageant finals Monday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The finals will take place at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.
This year’s 30 Miss Black USA contestants, from 28 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, accurately represent the theme. More than 80 percent of the contestants are enrolled in graduate or professional school.
Miss Black USA was founded in 1986 to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young African American women. To date, the pageant has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.
Karen Arrington, Founder of Miss Black USA, said that the scholarship pageant, with the theme “Still I Rise,” reflects the American black woman’s rising leadership role in leadership in America.
“For the first time in history, we have an African American First Lady, a black woman on the top of the Forbes Richest Women in Entertainment list, and African American women who are in positions of prestige and power at organizations like Xerox, Care USA, Microsoft, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The World Bank,” Arrington said.
Kalilah Allen-Harris, M.D., Miss Black USA 2010, Actress and Physician, will co-host the pageant along with R & B recording artist Brian Christopher.
The pageant will kick off with a VIP Red Dress Reception at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel to raise awareness of heart disease, the leading killer of women.
Visitors to the Miss Black USA website, missblackusa.org, may cast votes for their favorite contestants in the 2013 People’s Choice contest. Voting, through 11:59 p.m. August, 11, costs $1 per vote, with no limit on votes. The winner will be announced at the pageant finals on August 12.
Tickets for the pageant are on sale now at wepay.com. For more information about the pageant, visit the pageant website.