Mitchellville, MD (PRWEB) August 01, 2014
The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce its 2014 competition being held on Sunday, August 10th at the University of the District of Columbia's Theatre for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Thirty women from 28 different states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands are competing for the crown. Karen Arrington, CEO of Miss Black USA, says this year’s theme, “The Maya Movement: Answering the Call,” reflects the changing role of black women in today’s society.
Arrington states, “This year’s Miss Black USA contestants are the next generation of leading ladies, who are smashing stereotypes and defying the odds. For instance, Miss Black Colorado is an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Miss Black District of Columbia holds a Master’s in Public Health and works in the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and Miss Black Maryland is on her way to law school. These young women represent the changing role of African-American women in our society and we’re proud to have a pageant that reflects that.”
In fact, more than 80 percent of the contestants are enrolled in graduate or professional school. “It’s great that these women can show their peers that women of color can make a difference in the world,” explains Arrington. “They are resilient, intelligent, educated and not fighting over men, but fighting for success.”
The pageant week kicks off with a VIP Welcome Reception at Look Restaurant & Lounge, and culminates with the crowning of “Miss Black USA 2014” at the University of District of Columbia. Also, leading up to the crowning on August 10th, contestants will participate in a series of preliminary competitions that are open to the public. In addition, there will be a Talented Teen & Jr. Teen National pageant held on Saturday, August 9th at the Marriott Crystal City at Washington Reagan Airport.
For more information about the pageant, visit http://www.missblackusa.org. Contact Carita Parks at carita(at)parks-pr(dot)com to request media credentials.
The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color and to develop their mind, body, and spirit. The Miss Black USA Pageant was founded by Karen Arrington in 1986.