Four global pageant titles are currently held by women of African descent. While the world is celebrating the well-deserved representation, Kimberly Brown Pellum, Ph.D., is taking a deep dive into what pageantry has meant to the African-American culture in some of its most trying times. “Black Beauties: African American Pageant Queens in the Segregated South” explores the social activism of pageantry and how it was used to uplift racially oppressed communities of color. The literary work gives an inside look into dozens of queens and their journeys.
Read the entire story in the March/April 2020 issue of ONYX Magazine.