UAPB to host former Miss America April 29

Updated: 4/28/2014 11:28 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

April 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004, performer and reality-TV star during its annual Lyceum event Tuesday, April 29 at 11 a.m. The free, public event will be held in Cross-Phipps auditorium located in Caldwell Hall. 

Ericka Dunlap captured a part of history by breaking the color barrier and becoming the first —and only to date— Black woman to be crowned Miss Florida in the 80-year history of the pageant. As Miss America 2004, Dunlap traveled over 25,000 miles a month serving as a keynote speaker and good-will ambassador to corporations, universities and communities across America. She also traveled to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar to boost morale for U.S. servicemen & women. Throughout her year of service, Dunlap promoted a platform titled, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall Behind” a focus on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion which has remained a passion for her ever since.

She has enjoyed many years as a performer, recording artist, event host, spokesperson, diversity advocate and motivational speaker delivering over 200 keynote addresses. She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the O’Reilly Factor and numerous other television appearances.

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