Ms. Vanessa Williams,
beautiful, intelligent, strong!
she is a beautiful cover for any magazine, the Working Mother Magazine
writes of Williams as a good neighbor, a community contributor, and their
Gala Awards Dinner keynote speaker; Gibbs writes of her differently, especially
in this Black History Month.
Williams was the first Black Miss America, after White America's many
years of saying that Black women were not beautiful enough to be Miss
America. She broke their caste system wide open.
Blacks have argued that she was allowed to bath in their white sun because
she has qualities that are White-appearing. This idea is one that many
Blacks talk about--Whites like to see their own images in others as
some type of ego stimulus. Regardless of the reason she became Miss
America, she pioneered in having crossed over an important color line
in America. Furthermore, Blacks come in every shade, shape, and color;
that is the beauty of black folk!
Vanessa Williams, born on March 18th of 1963, grew up in a small town in upstate New York called Millwood. Her parents, Milton and Helen Williams, were music teachers who encouraged Vanessa in her musical studies. She also has a younger brother, Christopher, but it was said of Vanessa, she was born to be on the stage.
Miss Williams is undeniably beautiful by Black and White standards, there
had been many other beautiful Black women before her who had not been
allowed to compete openly for Miss America. That is the reason for the
Miss Black America pageants--beauty comes in all shades and shapes. Nevertheless,
she was crowned because White America could no longer deny that Black
women are extraordinarily beautiful-- chocolate is sweet!
Vanessa Williams was larger and stronger than they had imagined; they
had no idea of the mettle of this young woman. Most Blacks hold as a general
rule that she had to be far more beautiful and stronger than all other
White contestants to win Miss America.
Because of her strength and unstoppable ability, Gibbs salutes Ms. Vanessa Williams, an outstanding Miss America; an outstanding American; an outstanding, beautiful, talented, and intelligent Black American woman!