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Miss Black America continues over-40-year legacy of positivity, volunteerism

Photo Credit: Konrad Jones / Miss Black America Nicole Lynette Hibbert 2016

 

The Miss Black America organization held its first pageant on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk in 1968 on the same night as Miss America, down the street from Boardwalk Hall at The Ritz-Carlton Atlantic City. No one could have imagined the media presence, because few black organizations received such attention from the press at the time.

The next year, 1969, Madison Square Garden Productions televised it.

That year, singer-songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield composed and recorded the first Miss Black America theme song. Since then, hundreds of celebrities have hosted, attended or performed at the contest, including Stevie Wonder and Oprah Winfrey, who competed in 1971.

Source: Miss Black America continues over-40-year legacy of positivity, volunteerism



 

New Exhibit Celebrates History of Black Women In The U.S. Military

The exhibit, “For the Freedom and the Right” was organized by the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. It will be on display at Camp Pendleton through mid-March.

Source: New Exhibit Celebrates History of Black Women In The U.S. Military

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Landmark Status for Johnson Publishing Building?

Johnson Publishing Building

Johnson Publishing Building

City of Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel today (02-02-2017) announced Chicago’s former Johnson Publishing Co. building on South Michigan Avenue will be considered for landmark status. The move will help protect and celebrate the 11-story building’s iconic, International Style design and its decades-long affiliation with black business and culture.

Source: Johnson Publishing Building To Be Considered For Landmark Status

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