Young “queens-to-be” are sought for Northcott Neighborhood House’s 24th Annual Ms. Juneteenth Pageant. The pageant takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center located at 1531 W. Vliet St.
African-American women between the ages of 14 and 18 years old are invited to apply and compete for $3,000 in cash, prizes and scholarships. The Ms. Juneteenth Pageant application along with pageant rules and responsibilities can be found at northcotthouse.org. The deadline has been extended through Friday, May 13, 2016.
The Ms. Juneteenth pageant serves as a lead-up event to Northcott’s annual Juneteenth Day Parade & Festival, now in its 55th year. The pageant gives African-American young women an opportunity to highlight their academic achievements, positive contributions to society, and display their talents. In formal African-American tradition, each contestant will be presented to the community. The crowned winner and her court will all ride in the Juneteenth Day Parade on Sunday, June 19.
The young woman crowned as Ms. Juneteenth is expected to serve as an exceptional role model during her entire reign and is to present herself as a positive image for Milwaukee’s youth. As Ms. Juneteenth, she will also make guest appearances at schools and various community events.
Northcott’s mission is to support family stability, provide educational and recreational programs for youth, lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration, and provide various social services for the residents of Harambee and surrounding neighborhoods. Visit northcotthouse.org for more information about the Ms. Juneteenth Pageant or contact Adriane Griffin at 414-372-3770.