The brothers of the Pi Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha held their annual Miss Black and Gold pageant Tuesday night at Bibb Graves Auditorium.
Sequoya Stallworth was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2013-2014. Stallworth, a freshmen majoring in Athletic Training, is a resident of Repton, Ala., where she attended Hill Crest High School. Along with the title, she received a $600 scholarship.
“When the announcer said ‘Miss Black and Gold is Sequoya Stallworth,’ I was in shock,” Stallworth said.
She hesitated for a moment, as if she were not sure the announcer had called her name.
“I was beyond happy. Besides, it was my 19th birthday, so winning the title made that even more special,” Stallworth said.
D’Anthony Jackson, pageant director, said Stallworth will move on to compete in the fraternity’s district Miss Black and Gold pageant in Huntsville, Ala., on Oct 12.
“If Stallworth wins at district, she will move on to the national round,” Jackson said.
Six contestants competed in the swimwear, talent, formal wear and onstage question portions of the pageant. Each young lady presented talents including dance and flag routines, singing, and poetry. As a requirement of the pageant, each contestant was asked her personal philosophy of life. Each young lady made references to her faith, work ethic and personal character.
“Good things come to those who wait. Sometimes you are not meant to have things right away,” Stallworth said. “God has a timeline for when things are to happen.”
Lakeisha Johnson, a junior majoring in Physical Education, was voted Miss Congeniality by the other contestants. She also dominated the talent competition, winning Miss Talent and Miss Gold, the second runner-up position. Dressed as an Egyptian goddess, she performed a dance and flag routine to the Michael Jackson hit, “Remember the Time.”
The winner of first runner-up and the title of Miss Black, Ambreka Smith, a junior majoring in Sociology, danced to “One Night Only” from the hit Broadway musical, “Dream Girls.”
The Miss Black and Gold pageant is an outgrowth of the long tradition of Alpha Chapters designating outstanding young ladies to serve as “Chapter Sweethearts.” According to fraternity history, this pageant program has been in existence since the early 1970s. The first national Miss Black and Gold was held in 1976 in New York. The local chapter was founded in 1983 and has held this event for nearly 20 years.
Throughout the evening, two vocal talents entertained the audience while contestants prepared for the next competition. Tierra Robinson, the current Miss UWA, and Ashley Betts sang several top 40 hits for the audience’s enjoyment.
“I think the pageant tuned out great, simply because of the support behind the scenes from the brothers and back stage crew,” Jackson said. “Everyone working together made it successful, and we could not have done it without the contestants of course.”
Now, as Stallworth advances to district, she tries to prepare herself mentally. “Going into the next round, I’m very nervous, but I’m remaining positive and praying I will come out on top once again,” she said.