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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Miss Hampton University 2009

October 13th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


Nikole Churchill (center) on the day she made history by becoming the first non-Black woman to be crowned Miss Hampton University. The expressions on the faces of her runners-up seem to suggest that not everyone at this historically Black collegeĀ  is as enthusiastic about this milestone as the beaming Ms. Churchill.

(Source: The Daily Press)

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in African American Students, African Americans, Black Colleges, Black History, Black Students, Current Events, Higher Education, race

7 Responses

  1. Stan

    The faces captured at a moment in history make a pretty interesting picture.

  2. Sukhmandir Kaur

    There is a sense of irony. Probably how the Olympians felt when the first black Olympians began taking medals. It’s a great thing really beauty, brains, and brawn ought not to be about race but spirit. We are all alike inside under our skins except for discriminating thoughts.

  3. Villager

    Happy WW! I don’t have any problem with the young lady winning the award. The other 364 days of the year she is a student at Hampton University … as such she earned right to compete for this pageant award.

    America is blessed to have a family with young ‘uns in the White House. I invite your blog readers to enjoy the faces of Malia and Sasha Obama.

    peace, Villager

  4. Black on Campus

    Thank you all for stopping in!

    Stan, it’s true. The faces photographers capture can be quite fascinating…and funny.

    Sukhmandir, I think your probably right. I’d never thought of that before, but I’ll bet that many Olympians who were of European descent did feel a little bereft when Black people starting winning in certain areas.

    Villager, I’m with you! That young lady earned her right to compete (and to win) through her presence on campus as a student alongside all of her Black counterparts.

  5. SerenityLife

    I agree with Villager and I commend this student for having an HBCU experience!

  6. oscar t bear

    She entered, she won. Too bad the other ladies couldn’t enjoy the moment because those unhappy faces are now burned into the images history. Be happy for her, be happy for yourself. You just got national attention. Use it. That’s what your in college for. it’s all good.

  7. joe killen

    maybe the ladies could go the wavy tv show hampton roads it would serve as an outlet to express their feelings in this historic would be better than national bubble wrap day. both seem to be rather juvinile.