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VIRGINIA:The Birthplace of Emancipation

VIRGINIA:The Birthplace of Emancipation

Moments in Our History That Amplify The Trials & Triumphs That Reflect The Soul of A Nation

Our Story

"The Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant, a vital initiative within the Juneteenth 757 FreedomFest, operates as a 501(c)(3) organization. The organization stands as a symbol of inspiration and empowerment. Our initiatives are firmly grounded in correcting inaccuracies in African American history, nurturing young minds with education and mentorship, and celebrating the rich tapestry of our cultural heritage. We are proudly built upon five core Pillars of Excellence:

- Promoting Cultural Awareness: Dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.
Black History Education: Focusing on illuminating key events and influential figures in Black history.
Financial Literacy Introduction: Teaching fundamental financial management principles and personal responsibility.
Juneteenth-Inspired Artistic Expression: Encourage & showcase creative talents in the arts and cultural expression. 
Foster Economic Empowerment: Aiming to cultivate economic independence and entrepreneurial skills.
Mental Wellness Advocacy: Committed to promoting comprehensive mental health and overall well-being."

The Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant focuses on mentorship and cultural enrichment to foster self-pride, knowledge, and empowerment. 

Mission, Vision, & Values

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Our Mission:

“To magnify the legacy of Juneteenth and amplify Virginia’s pivotal role in African American history via a transformative journey within the #DefyTheOdds Mentorship program. By fusing cultural, educational, and historical elements, we ignite a narrative of empowerment for urban youth. Our focus is on cultivating resilient leaders, rooted in heritage, who are inspired to shape a future where achievement and

cultural legacy are one."

Educate | Elevate | Empower

Our Vision:

"Our vision is to be a beacon of inspiration and a catalyst for change, where young African American women across Virginia are empowered to embrace their heritage with pride and purpose. We aspire to create a future where these women lead with confidence and creativity, influenced by a deep understanding of their cultural roots and Juneteenth's profound legacy. Through education, mentorship, and the celebration of our rich history, we envision a community where every young woman can defy odds, achieve excellence, and become a pivotal force in shaping a more inclusive, enlightened society."

Our Values:

The Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant is an organization that amplifies Black Culture through Education, Mentorship, and Enrichment programs. These established core values, listed below, are integral to our mission and vision. 

  1. Empowerment: Fostering strength, confidence, and self-sufficiency in individuals and communities, empowering them to celebrate their heritage and potential.

  2. Truth-Telling: Committing to honesty, transparency, and the unearthing of hidden or distorted historical narratives, to educate and inform authentically.

  3. Integrity: Upholding the highest standards of honesty and ethical behavior, ensuring that all actions align with organizational principles.

  4. Cultural Pride: Celebrating and honoring African American history, culture, and achievements, instilling pride in community heritage.

  5. Educational Excellence: Prioritizing educational initiatives that enlighten and enrich, empowering individuals with knowledge and skills.

  6. Community Engagement: Actively engaging with the community, encouraging participation, collaboration, and a shared sense of purpose.

  7. Bridge Connecting: Building connections and fostering understanding between diverse communities, acting as a bridge to unite and strengthen relationships.

Our organizational values guide the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant in its mission,  with shaping our programs, initiatives, and community interactions. They reflect a commitment to authenticity, community, and the celebration of African American culture.



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Sunshine Huggins 2023 Miss Juneteenth Virginia and 2024 National Miss Juneteenth USA

Have Questions? We've Got Answers 

  • What is the Miss Juneteenth Pageant all about?
    "The Miss Juneteenth Virgina Legacy Pageant is the Grand Finale to the #DefyTheOdds Mentorship Program. It is also a celebration of African Americanc culture and personal development for young women in Virginia. The program focuses on education, empowerment, and cultural awareness. It's a platform for young African American women to honor their history, embrace their identity, and be mentored in these changing times. Overall, The Miss Juneteenth Virgina Legacy Pageant is a journey of self-discovery, cultural celebration, and community empowerment, all wrapped into an inspiring and memorable experience."
  • Why should I be in this pageant?
    "Participating in the Miss Juneteenth Legacy Pageant is an opportunity for personal and professional growth unlike any other. It's a platform where you can connect with your heritage, develop a deeper understanding of African American history, and cultivate skills vital for future success. This program offers not just the chance to embrace your identity and showcase your talents, but also to gain invaluable experiences in leadership, public speaking, and community engagement. By joining us, you become part of a supportive network that nurtures your ambitions and celebrates your unique story. It's more than a pageant; it's a transformative journey that equips you to make a meaningful impact in your community and beyond."
  • I'm not a "Pageant Girl," do I need experience?
    "Absolutely not! The Miss Juneteenth Legacy Pageant is a welcoming space for all young women, regardless of their pageant experience. In fact, our current National Winner participated for the first time and won the national title! This is a testament to our belief that every young woman has the potential to shine on this platform. We value authenticity, dedication, and a willingness to learn and grow more than prior experience. Our program is designed to guide and support you every step of the way, helping you develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed. So, whether it's your first pageant or you've been in others before, you have a place here where your unique qualities and story can be celebrated."
  • What is the cost to be in this program?
    "Participating in the #DefyTheOdds™ Mentorship Program and its Miss Juneteenth Legacy Pageant is an investment in your growth and development, and we strive to make it as accessible as possible. The cost includes a application fee and a $300 registration fee. We understand that these expenses might be challenging, which is why we have processes in place to help participants gain sponsors to cover their registration costs. Please note, these fees do not cover the cost of interview attire, formal gown, or opening number ensemble. When compared to other pageants, where fees start at $700+ without including educational or mentorship programs, our pageant is quite reasonable. We're committed to providing a valuable experience that goes beyond the pageant itself, focusing on education, mentorship, and personal development." *Payment Plans are also available if the contestant does not gain sponsorships*
  • What are the benefits of my daughter participating in the Pageant?
    Participating in the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant offers a multitude of benefits for your daughter. It's an exceptional opportunity for her to connect with her heritage, gain a profound understanding of African American history, and build a strong sense of cultural pride. Beyond the cultural aspects, our program also emphasizes personal and professional development through mentorship, educational workshops, and community engagement. This experience will not only help her grow as an individual but also prepare her for future academic and career achievements. The pageant fosters a supportive environment where she can form lasting friendships, network with influential community members, and be a part of a transformative journey that celebrates and uplifts urban youth.
  • How long is the entire pageant process?
    The Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant experience spans 6 to 8 weeks, culminating in the grand pageant event. This period is thoughtfully designed to provide participants with ample time to partipate in the required Mentorship workshops. This timeframe ensures a comprehensive and fulfilling journey, allowing each participant to fully immerse themselves in the experience, hone their skills, and make the most of this transformative opportunity."
  • What are the age requirements to participate?
    "For the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant, we have two divisions catering to different age groups. The Teen Division of the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant is designed for young women aged 14.5 to 18 years old, offering them a platform to showcase their talents, develop life skills, and engage with their cultural heritage. For the younger participants, the Jr. Miss Division of the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant welcomes girls aged 11 to 14 years old. This division provides a nurturing environment for these young girls to embark on a journey of self-discovery, cultural appreciation, and personal development, all within an age-appropriate and empowering context."
  • Do contestants participate in Fundraisers?
    "Yes, participation in fundraisers is a key aspect of the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant experience. Our contestants are required to engage in three distinct fundraising initiatives as part of the program. First, they participate in a fundraiser with Double Good Popcorn, which is not only fun but also helps in building marketing and sales skills. Secondly, they contribute to the creation of Souvenir Ads for our Tribute Magazine, an activity that enhances their creativity and networking abilities. Lastly, contestants take part in the People's Choice Awards, which involves community engagement and promotes public relations skills. These fundraisers are integral to the pageant experience, helping contestants develop a range of skills while supporting the mission and activities of the Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant."
  • What is the benefit in winning the Miss Juneteenth Virginia state title?
    "Winning the Miss Juneteenth Virginia state title is a remarkable achievement that opens doors to a world of opportunities and responsibilities. The titleholder not only becomes a beacon of light and hope for her peers, but she also earns the honor of representing Virginia at the National competition. This role is much more than a title; it's a platform for advocacy, empowerment, and community engagement. The winner gets to voice her passions, lead initiatives that matter to her, and inspire others with her journey. Along with these opportunities, she gains a nice prize package and award money. The Queen also participates in exclusive cultural and social events."
  • When is the deadline to apply?
    The deadline to apply is March 31st. The program officially kicks off mid-April. All application and registration fees must be submitted by that time.
  • Do you have a payment plan?
    Yes. Registration fees can be broken down to 3 or 4 installments.


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