Forty-six years ago, Miss Black Western was established by Alpha Kappa Alpha when Black women were not allowed to compete for Homecoming queen. Every year, the sorority sponsors the pageant for African-American women on Western’s campus. Though the purpose of the pageant has changed since its origin, pageant chair Calvion Tandy said its goal is the same.

“The goal of the pageant is, and always has been, to build confidence in women,” Tandy said. “We will continue to move forward and pursue the wishes of those that came before us.”

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