Alumna crowned Miss Black SC USA, competing for Miss Black USA 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007

Desiree Lewis, ‘05, has been crowned Miss Black South Carolina USA 2007.

Lewis, a first-grade teacher at Mellichamp Elementary School in Orangeburg, S.C., previously won the title of Miss Black Orangeburg USA 2006 before attaining the state title.

She will vie for the title of Miss Black USA 2007 against 50 other women from all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the national pageant, which will be held in April in the Republic of The Gambia, in West Africa.

Lewis received a master’s degree in early childhood education from SC State in 2005. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the S.C. Education Association and the National Education Association.

As a pageant contestant, Lewis’ platform is “Promoting Literacy Among African-American Youth” (PLAY).

“My platform, PLAY, focuses on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency among African-American youth as it relates to literacy,” she said. “I want more youth to become excited about reading as it helps them to become productive readers, writers and communicators.”

“Lewis gives of herself daily in a way that is insurmountable to any monetary value. She gives the gift of love, respect, encouragement, self-worth, discipline and the power of learning,” said Denise Clark, state director of the Miss Black South Carolina Scholarship Pageant.

“I am truly blessed to represent the State of South Carolina as the first African-American delegate,” said Lewis. “I am so excited to be competing among other African-American women, and look forward to using this experience as a window of endless opportunities for others to follow.”

“I am so thankful for the support of my parents, family, friends, my students and the community for their insurmountable support in my quest to bring the title home,” she added.

Founded in 1986, the nonprofit Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant and Foundation promotes the leadership skills and talents of black women, recognizing the achievements of young women of color and celebrating the “whole woman – mind, body and spirit.”