UAPB to host former Miss America April 29


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap during its annual Lyceum event Tuesday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in Cross-Phipps auditorium at Caldwell Hall.

The free event is open to the public.

A performer and reality-TV star, Dunlap became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Florida in the 80-year history of the pageant.

As Miss America 2004, Dunlap traveled more than 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 and 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.

She has also served as a recording artist, event host, spokesperson, diversity advocate and motivational speaker. She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the O’Reilly Factor and appeared on the Amazing Race-Season 15, where she was a finalist.

Dunlap will perform in the upcoming Off-Broadway musical, “Disenchanted,” recently previewing in Tampa, Fla. Her work includes being a judge for The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and as principal consultant of Crown Communication Group, a public relations and entertainment consulting firm.

Details: Call 575-8210.