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Ridicule and Celebration: Black Women as Symbols in the Rearticulation of Race

Maxine Leeds Craig

in Ain't I a Beauty Queen?

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152623
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849345 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152623.003.0001
Ridicule and Celebration: Black Women as Symbols in the Rearticulation of Race

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the two separate protests conducted during the Miss America pageant in September 1968: that of Women's Liberation members against beauty pageants, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) staging of the first Miss Black America pageant as a “positive protest” against the exclusion of black women from the Miss America title. It then discusses the social sources of resistance, value of social honor, and the multidimensionality of racial rearticulation. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Women's Liberation; Miss Black America; civil rights; race

Chapter.  9150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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