Crowning of first non-black Miss HU divides campus — dailypress.com

Crowning of first non-black Miss HU divides campus — dailypress.com

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Okay people, haven’t we moved beyond this? What an incredible step towards diversity at HBCU’s. Hampton University crowned its first non-black Miss HU Friday, leading to a division on campus that prompted her to write President Obama. Nikole Churchill, 22, competed against nine black students in the 15th annual Miss HU scholarship pageant. The senior nursing major attends the Virginia Beach campus and is the competition’s first non-black winner, according to executive pageant director Shelia J. Maye.

First, people are divided because she attends an extension location and not the main campus. Secondly, people are upset because she’s not black. She paid her money to attend the school just like everyone else. You can’t limit her because of the color of her skin. Was Dr. King’s March on Washington in vain? We have to be proud at the fact that we are really becoming an integrated and diverse nation. We still have many miles to go, but the fact that we are taking the steps in the right direction is an enormous compliment to our need to see who we are as a country.

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