Washington D. Tekema Balentine is an activist, scholar and social justice advocate from Madison, Wisconsin. Tekema is a currently pursing a nursing degree at Madison College. Tekema is a caregiver, track and field coach and sits on the board for the P. H organization Providers and Teens Communications for Health , which is an organization founded to advocate for health awareness and mental health resources for teens and adults. Tekema, who has a strong desire for civic engagement, plans to use her platform to advocate on for mental health awareness in the African-American community.
Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America are all black — a first in pageant history
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3 Black Women Just Made Pageant History — & The Internet Is Celebrating
Powered by WordPress. For the past 22 years, Florida women seeking the Miss Black Florida USA title never got the chance to wow a crowd with their talents, or sashay across a stage in a glittering glamorous gown at a state pageant to compete for the title. Current Miss Black Florida Asari Maurice, along with all the other previous winners, completed a mail-in entry, and were selected by the national Miss Black USA scholarship pageant organization to represent Florida in the national pageant.
On August 23, , Elizabeth Muto won the pageant, which was held in Miami. Women from areas where a state pageant is not held may apply as a delegate-at-large. Miss Black USA state and local delegate winners and contestants have gone on to successful careers in entertainment, law, education, medicine and other arenas. Some of the state and local pageant's winners include:.