Miss Black America Pageant week is Tuesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 20th in Philadelphia.
The Miss Black America pageant is the most prominent fundraiser for the War Against teen Violence year round enrichment programs.
Our War Against Teen Violence Basketball Tournament and Expo will occur on August 4, 5 and 6 at the MLK Community Center.
Jelisa Barringer the Reigning Miss Black America is from Columbus, Ohio, where she attended Brookhaven High School. She is a graduate of Central State University ‘14, located in Wilberforce, Ohio. During Jelisa’s years at Central State University (CSU), she was a part of many activities including being a member of the Grammy- nominated CSU chorus and mentoring incoming freshmen as a student ambassador. Jelisa earned the title of Competent Communicator and Motivational Speaker in her role as the president of the Toastmasters International Speech Club. Jelisa also was elected, by her student body to the Central State University Royal Court, and Student Government Association. As the reigning Miss Black America 2015, Jelisa’s current platform is ‘Big Sisterly Love,’ where she is a big sister to youth and serves as a mentor to young girls, age 5 to 18.
The Miss Black America Pageant was founded by J. Morris Anderson in Philadelphia back in 1968.
below is a short Documentary on the Miss Black America Pageant