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2014 Mr. Collegiate African American and Black Male Leadership Summit comes to Texas November 6-9
Posted By: Frederick Roberts on April 28, 2013

The Mr. Collegiate African American Pageant (MCAASP) is back with a vengeance for its 22nd Anniversary celebration! The Mr. Collegiate African American returns in Texas April 2-5, 2014.

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.

Applications are now being accepted for candidates for the 2014 program set for November 2-5, in Houston, with the finals on April 5, at Prairie View A&M University.

MCAASP has been dispelling this imagery since 1990 when the program began empowering Black college men to counteract the negative imagery of them as 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.

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.

The Mr. Collegiate Pageant program, the first of its kind for Black men, was created in 1990. The first pageant was staged in April 1992 with Charles Clemens of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) becoming the first Mr. Collegiate African American.

Since 1992 the 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 Twenty-second 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 4-5, 2014.

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 28, 2014.
Frederick Roberts
a Former Assistant Director, Career Services, Collegiate Community Development Corp,
Prairie View A&M University class of 1977
Member Since November 2005
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