Pia Jessup crowned Miss Ebony Pride 2007
By Robert Deckert
Junior Pia Jessup walked away from the Chavis University Center as the winner of the 2007 Miss Ebony Pride Pageant April 19.
The winner of the 2006 crown, Beaullah Chanakira, also took part in this year’s event.
The master of ceremonies, Estella Johnson, believed the pageant was a chance for students to shine.
“This is a display of beauty for a race of people who once was told they weren’t beautiful,” Johnson said. “It’s now our time to shine.”
The pageant was hosted by the African American Student Organization and the contestants were sponsored by families, friends, organizations and churches.
“The Miss Ebony Pride pageant brings a knowledge of such a unique race to this campus,” Johnson said.
For the pageant, the seven contestants exhibited the customary attire of the various regions of Africa and performed their individual talents.
Some of these talents included Glory Attaochu singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” Shahnee Haire dancing to the violinist Ramone Ruiz and Meme Obu performing a traditional Nigerian dance.
“Of the four years I’ve been a part of the AASO, this is the best Miss Ebony Pride pageant to date,” said Director of the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs and pageant judge Robert Canida.
In a farewell speech delivered by 2006 winner Chanakira, she said that the Miss Ebony Pride pageant helped her mature and grow.
“The wonderful thing about being Miss Ebony Pride 2006 was that I matured mentally as well as spiritually,” Chanakira said.
Editor’s Note: Glory Attaochu is the Photo Editor of The Pine Needle.