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White HBCU Queen Takes Haters in Stride

Kentucky State University is an HBCU which lies next to my heart. My sister, who just finished medical school, spent her undergraduate career there, so I was kept in the loop when the world seemed to flip on its head regarding who the students chose to hold the title of Miss Kentucky State University. As you can see, she’s not exactly what one would expect an HBCU Homecoming Queen to look like, but Elisabeth Martin’s skin color likely reflects one of the many faces that define Historically Black colleges in the new millennium. So, while I was personally dismayed that Kentucky State University (along with many HBCUs around the nation) seems to be forgetting about the importance of having African American faculty, the truth is that we are in an era in which one needs to determine what it means to be an HBCU.

Personally, I love the fact that the students at Kentucky State chose Elisabeth Martin as their homecoming queen. Martin, a 21-year old International Studies major, won the crown by a landslide, dominating the competition. It has been her race, however, that has sent shock waves through the Kentucky State University community. But Martin takes the heat in stride and carries herself with a grace and class that should make the campus proud. The fact that the students love her so much is verified by her love for the campus and commitment to school spirit. She has also handled the national media attention like a true queen should.

AOL Black Voices had the chance to catch up with Elisabeth Martin:

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  1. Shaka Sekou
    June 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Totally outrageous! But I am not surprised when it comes to “negro factories” that were once HBCU’s. These institutions spend so much time sniffing up white behinds that they fail to address the needs of the Black community.When these schools are all white 100 years from now and white americans are denying that they were ever “Black institutions”, the buffoons who said homecoming queen business is a good thing will be spinning in their graves.

  2. Dr. J
    June 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    We as a people are so funny. We always, have to try and tear someone or something down to try in an effort to make ourselves feel better. We are quick to criticize, but rarely bring any intellectual and/or creditable solutions to the table. First and foremost, congratulations to the students at KSU for breaking a cycle of ignorance and stereotype. Second, this White young lady has done something that over 65% of Black college going people did not do – attend an HBCU. Black people overwhelmingly by pass outstanding HBUCs to get to any White college or university they can find. It goes back to “White Validation.” Nearly 70% of Blacks surveyed believe that HBCUs are of less quality then White institutions. Who is sniffing behind whom? I will also mention one more thing this White lady is more likely to do – and that is give back to her university (I mean money). Less than 15% of Black students give back to their undergraduate institutions.

    So, yes, I agree in 100 years these institutions may be all white, but it will be because the Black community is trying harder to get into schools like Duke, UC Berkley, BYU, UNC Chapel Hill, etc., and by passing great schools like NC A&T, KSU, Howard, Hampton, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, VSU, FSU, NCCU, and the list goes on.

    Simply put, grow up Black America and get over yourselves.

    Dr. J

  3. Courtney
    June 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    If she was voted for overwhelmingly, and the college is predominantly black, then it stands to reason that black people voted for her. What’s the problem?

  4. Cecil Jones
    June 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    When I was baited to look at this story, I was ready to salivate or jump through a flaming hoop in anger like the author wanted us “Pavlovian Dogs” to do; but I thought a bit deeper. This “White Girl” at a Historically Black College exploits race in a way that generates anger from the ignorant this article was designed to offend. Mission accopmplished, but I’m not buying into your issues. This girl must have had some “Black” in her or she is supportive of the culture in general. She had enough people to vote for her to win. Black comes in many shades and hues. Once you go Black you never go back. Keep your head up and march with us. Beauty is only skin deep. This girl is beautiful way deep inside. Finally, as the economy grows more hostile we all get a bit darker and darker if we don’t have the money. Cash is King.

  5. Sherri
    June 15, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I wish I could say that I am surprised, but it happens to most girls. Everybody needs to do a better job protecting their daughters and sons.

  6. Sherri
    June 15, 2009 at 1:46 am

    If they want the white girl to be homecoming queen, then she should be homecoming queen. It shows people that call HBCUs racist that they are not. HBCUs had white students at their schools when alot of, predominately, white schools were still threatening to kill us. Obama becoming president, the young lady becoming home comming queen of an HBCU. and a white valedictorian at Moorehouse doesn’t, completely, erase racism against blacks. However, it is a step in the right direction. I choose not to let the racists, oreos, ghetto thugs & hoochies, or fake black power people define me.

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