Press Release Written by La’Torria Lemon from Lemon Limelight Events:
Atlanta, GA April 4, 2016- The Miss HBCU Pageant made history March 6, 2016 by crowning their first Queen, LaQuayle Agurs of Hampton University. The pageant was created by two previous campus queens Stacey Lee & Janaye Ingram, both of Clark Atlanta University. Both campus queens later reached their goals of competing in the Miss USA Pageant as state queens. The Miss HBCU Pageant was established to give young women on HBCU campuses the opportunity to give back to their community with a platform of their choosing. The current Miss HBCU has chosen suicide prevention as her cause and will spend the year educating HBCU students and graduates on the issue. The pageant is unique; giving young women who are not current campus queens an opportunity to represent the HBCU community through her achievements. “At a time when people have questioned the need of HBCU institutions we wanted a platform to represent the voice and experiences of students who have found strength in a learning environment that embraces that which isn’t always embraced in our world,” says Janaye Ingram, Co-Director
The newly crowned Miss HBCU, LaQuayle Agurs, is the epitome of a queen. She has led many young women on her campus by showcasing her confidence, self-esteem, drive, education, and sisterhood in uniting young woman. Agurs is extremely excited to represent each HBCU by being the voice of the HBCUs and representing the unique talent grown within these valuable institutions. “Although I am the newly crowned Miss HBCU, I believe that every young woman deserves to know their inner queen”.
About LaQuayle Agurs:
LaQuayle Agurs is a graduating journalism major at Hampton University, currently serving as Miss HBCU 2016. Her platform, “My Story Isn’t Over: Conquering Suicide in the African American Community,” will engage students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a conversation that is not discussed often, yet plaguing many families and children.
LaQuayle is heavily involved on Hampton’s campus, having leadership positions in the National Association of Black Journalists, The Hampton Script, the Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Training Program (a service-learning and leadership program that plays a vital role in the development of Hampton University students by providing community service experiences and interpersonal and leadership skills training opportunities.), and the Student Government Association.
When she is not in school, LaQuayle spends her time perfecting her craft of writing in hopes of accomplishing her dreams of becoming a magazine editor. Post graduation, she will go to Australia for a week to experience international magazine journalism at Cosmopolitan Australia before moving to New York City to work with InStyle Magazine.
LaQuayle interviews with REDEFINE Woman…
- How do you personally build confidence and self-esteem?
I build my confidence and self-esteem by constantly reminding myself that there is only one me. I use to focus on the accomplishments of others and beat myself up because I did not look or act like the next girl. But, when I began to realize that having that mindset was no way to live, I started to focus on every single thing, no matter how small, that made me one of a kind.
2. Why did you choose to focus on suicide prevention?
I chose my platform, “My Story Isn’t Over: Conquering Suicide in the African American Community,” because my older brother committed suicide in 2009. Suicide and mental health are topics of conversation that Black people tend to avoid discussing when the issues are actually plaguing our community. With Miss HBCU, I will be able to take the conversation to our Historically Black Colleges and Universities with hopes of increasing the chances of students sharing the awareness information with their friends and family.
3. In what ways do you think women can build a community of support around each other?
Women can build a community of support by simply encouraging each other. It is very easy for a woman to diminish another’s dreams or aspirations, but it takes a mature woman to say, ‘What can I do to help you accomplish your goal?’ or ‘That’s great, but what about this to make it better?’ Women become scared or intimidated by the idea of another woman taking their career, spouse, the list goes on. But once every woman realizes that what’s meant for her, is for her, there will never be a need to feel like it is a race or competition between women worldwide. There is not a woman (or man) on this planet that can stop what is destined for someone so helping other women to achieve their destiny will never hinder you from achieving yours. Encourage each other. Support each other. Help each other make it to the top because I promise there is enough room there for all of us.
LaQuayle proves to be a gem in every aspect. She’s intelligent, community oriented, and a confident young woman, ready to take on the world and support other Queens in the process! A true #WCW and trailblazer of redefining womanhood.
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