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Ain't I a Beauty Queen?Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race$
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Maxine Craig

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152623.001.0001

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

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

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(p.3) Chapter One: Ridicule and Celebration: Black Women as Symbols in the Rearticulation of Race
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Ain't I a Beauty Queen?
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Maxine Leeds Craig

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152623.003.0001

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

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