Kristy Johnson, Miss Black Mississippi USA received the “Community Ambassador” award on August 20, 2017, at the national Miss Black USA Pageant in Washington D.C. Her platform, Be Empowered allowed Kristy to engage in countless hours of appearances, speaking engagements and fundraisers across the state of Mississippi, totaling 70 stops. Be Empowered is described as the cure to end the negativity in the media and build effective leaders in their communities.
During Kristy’s reign prior to nationals, she held events including a Cupcakes and Conversations Tour across the state of Mississippi, a Queens Night Out (Professional Women Empowerment), spoke on the state Capitol’s steps during the Women’s March in January and welcomed guest to the Jimmy Travis Civil Rights Legacy Symposium, just to name a few of her renowned opportunities. Kristy utilized her talents, platform and crown as a megaphone to empower others in this great state. Her plans upon arrival back to Jackson, Mississippi is to complete her reign with a total of 100 stops. Her reign as Miss Black Mississippi USA ends, October 21, 2017 in Grenada, Mississippi when she crowns Miss Black Mississippi USA 2018.
At nationals, Kristy was amongst 26 other contestants across the United States to compete for the opportunity to represent the organization. This opportunity meant the world to Kristy because she can recall of the years prior, hosting watch parties as she saw other young women represent the state of Mississippi in hopes that this opportunity is presented to her soon. As she was presented the opportunity at God’s speed, she took the crown and allowed the vision to proceed itself. Her tenacious and humble spirit allowed her to not only compete with a group of charismatic and global changing young women but bring home the Community Ambassador award, presented on the Final night of nationals. Since its conception in 1987, the organization has offered over $50,000 in scholarships and prizes.