Confident in beauty

Ayanna Cox, a nursing major from Owensboro, walks from one end of the stage to the other practicing the formal part of the pageant on Tuesday March 28, 2017 in DSU auditorium during a practice session for Miss Black Western. The pageant will be held on April 28.

Miss Black Western was started in 1971, when black women were not allowed to participate in Homecoming court or to be crowned Homecoming queen. This tradition is still continued to help give black women confidence in their beauty. The nine  women  participating in it have put in  a multitude of hours practicing for their presentations. Grad advisor and former Alpha Kappa Alpha member Emma Forte-Kendrick said,  “They’ve really come a long way since I was last here.”

Silas Walker