Life and Religion
|Miss Black North Carolina USA proudly wears the crown|
|Madison Sampson competes for top prize|
|Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:38 pm|
|PHOTO/HERBERT L. WHITE|
|Madison Sampson, a 2009 Berry Academy graduate, is Miss Black North Carolina USA.|
Madison Sampson enjoys the sisterhood of pageant contestants.
Sampson, 26, is Miss Black North Carolina USA and will represent the state in the national pageant Aug. 16-20 in Washington, D.C. A 2009 graduate of Charlotte’s Berry Academy who recently earned a master’s degree in public affairs from UNC Greensboro, Sampson talked about outreach, empowering women and the perks of winning a scholarship pageant like Miss Black USA.
Responses are edited for clarity and brevity.
On the best perks of earning the Miss Black USA crown:
“We’ve had Miss Black USAs that have gone on to use that scholarship money to go to med school, law school, graduate school or even continue their undergraduate studies. There are also opportunities to travel. We’ve had Miss Black USAs go to Africa. The current Miss Black USA has gone to Cuba, which was awesome, so you’re able to spread your message interact with other communities and learn more about yourself.”
On the links among contestants for the title:
“You have a great sisterhood of sister queens that are doing amazing service work in each of their states, so you have Miss Black Arizona, Miss Black New Jersey, and they all become your tribe.”
On her platform, Brown Girls Fearless:
“Brown Girls Fearless is all about inspiring brown girls to love themselves by embracing a spirit of fearlessness. We have two different components: we have an online blog where we bring other women of color together to talk about different topics from faith to fashion to music and everything in between.
“We also have a community organizing arm and we recently had a 5K [race] where we raised almost $2,000 for a local mentoring group, which was awesome. We’re also having fearless soul sessions, and those are opportunities for women of color to come together and build sisterhood and digest different topics in the community.”
On her involvement with pageants:
“I started at my high school pageant – I was Miss Philip O. Berry and then from there when I got to UNCG got really involved in the community and doing some pageants on campus and that led to me having a desire to compete for a black title to represent our community.”
|Whoops. My apologies for misspelling your name. My message is no-less sincere (smile).|
|Posted on June 29, 2017|
|Dear Miss Simpson. Congratulations and best wishes. You make us all proud at UNCG--students, administration, faculty, and retired faculty like myself. Hope you have a wonderful year in your reign as Miss Black North Carolina USA. |
Warm best wishes,
|Posted on June 29, 2017|
|Way to go keep being you and show others that we are all alike under our skin|
|Posted on June 22, 2017|
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