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The Mr. Collegiate African American Pageant is back with a vengeance for its 20th Anniversary celebration on April 4-7 in Houston, Texas.

The Mr. Collegiate Pageant, the first of its kind for Black men, was created in 1990. However, the first pageant was not staged until April 1992 and Charles Clemens of Lincoln University-Pennsylvania was selected as the first Mr. Collegiate.

When we think of pageantry in America, we think of the beautiful and talented women in sequin gowns, swimsuits and talent. Well, the producers of the Mr. Collegiate African American Scholarship Pageant (MCAASP).

Applications are now being accepted for candidates for the 2012 program set for April 4-7, with the finals on April 7 at Prairie View A&M University.

The goal of the pageant is to dispel the myth that one has to be a product of a negative environment by creating a model of excellence for a positive belief in oneself and race, and encouraging individual and group achievement in the pursuit of excellence.

MCAASP has been dispelling this imagery since 1990 when the pageant was created to empower Black college men and to counteract the negative imagery perpetuated in the society. When asked why a pageant for males, Pageant Director Frederick V. Roberts stated that "pageantry has no gender." In fact, the early Egyptians used pageantry as a ceremony of ascension and coronation. W. E. B. DuBois also produced the "Star of Egypt" pageant back in the early 50's. Using the principles of character, self-esteem, positive role modeling and services, the MCAASP) hopes to grow the next generation of African American male leaders.

Since 1992, other winners include Steven Daniels, 1993-94 (Alabama State), Stacey O. Washington, 1994-95 (Virginia State), Christopher Sanders, 1995-96 (Kentucky State), Adoris Turner 1997-99 (Jackson State) and Damany Mayfield 2001-2002 (Virginia State)The candidates compete for more than $8,000 in scholarships, gifts and prizes, and the opportunity to represent the national program throughout the world.

Candidates compete in a private interview with Judges, personal platform (oratory), talent, formal attire and onstage interview and question.

The pageant is in its Twentieth year and is opened to Black men 18-30 years of age who are enrolled in four-year colleges and universities. The program is being sponsored in conjunction with the National Leadership Conference on Black Men, set for April 6-7, 2012.

For an application and other information, please contact: The Mr. Collegiate African American Scholarship Program: P.O. Box 5433, Prairie View, TX 77446-5433. Email: mrcollegiateafricanamerican@gmail.com or unitancommunications@yahoo.com. Deadline is February 29, 2012.
Posted By: Frederick Roberts
Thursday, November 24th 2011 at 1:23AM
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