Black Beauties: African American Pageant Queens in the Segregated South (Paperback)

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In 1984, Vanessa Williams broke the race barrier to become Miss America, but she was not the first Black woman to wear a pageant crown. Black beauty pageants created a distinctive and celebrated cultural tradition during some of the most dismal times in the country's racial history. With the rise of the civil rights and Black Pride movements, pageantry also represented a component of social activism. Professor Kimberly Pellum explores this glamourous and profound history with contributions by dozens of former contestants who share their personal experiences.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781467144827
ISBN-10: 1467144827
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2020
Pages: 144
Language: English