September 17 – Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America

September 17 – Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America

September 17, 1983: Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America. Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the Miss America cro

October 4, 1864 – New Orleans Tribune, first Black daily newspaper, founded
July 20: On the 14th Amendment, validating citizenship rights for all persons born or naturalized in the U.S., was ratified
August 30: First African-American to serves on the U.S. Supreme Court

September 17, 1983: Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America.

Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the Miss America crown at age 20 on September 17, 1983. Less than a year later, on July 23, 1984, Williams gave up her crown after nude photos of hers surfaced. Despite the scandal, Williams later launched a successful singing and acting career, including a featured role on the television sitcom, Ugly Betty.

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