Fifth Annual Miss Black and Gold Pageant Set for Nov. 22

Nov. 20, 1997

The Tau Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha national fraternity will host the fifth annual Miss Black and Gold pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center on Baylor University campus.

Thirteen contestants will compete for scholarship money this year, the largest number ever presented at Baylor. The pageant is designed to provide scholarships for outstanding young women. Begun in the 1920s as a way to honor African-American women, the pageant is now open to any woman in need of financial assistance.

Judging is primarily focused on achievement. Contestants are judged on an interview, talent, achievement, creative and performing arts and oral expression. There is no swimsuit competition, with emphasis placed on scholarship rather than physical beauty.

Scholarships start at $500 for the second runner-up, $750 for the first runner-up, and the winner receives $1,000. The fraternity plans to award $2,250 worth of scholarships and prizes to the 1997 contestants.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the ticket office at the Bill Daniel Student Center or at the door for $5. For more information, call George Williams at 753-2728, Anthony Thibodeaux at 752-6377 or Pearl Beverly in the Student Activities office at 710-2371.

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