29th Anniversary Vanessa Williams Becomes Miss America

It was 29 years ago today that Vanessa Williams became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America.  I will never forget this night.  My daughter was then a 10-year-old who loved watching beauty pageants.  I really didn’t like her to watch them  because I didn’t want her to get the message that a black girl could never win—which up to this night was the situation.  When Vanessa won I had tears in my eyes because suddenly my baby’s eyes were shining with joy and with  hope for HER future.

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