Madison native TeKema Balentine, Miss Black Wisconsin 2019, took the national crown Sunday afternoon. Balentine will now serve as Miss Black USA 2019.
Balentine, 25, is pursuing a nursing degree at Madison Area Technical College. She’s a Madison East High School graduate.
She competed against 32 other contestants in multiple categories, including personal interview, personal fitness, talent, evening gown and on-stage question.
The Miss Black USA Organization is the first and oldest scholarship pageant for women of color, awarding more than $500,000 in scholarships, according to the pageant’s website.
You can learn more about the pageant at MissBlackUSA.org
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County director Michael Johnson wrote in a Facebook post how proud he is of Balentine.
“A week ago she was prepared to sleep in her car and did not have enough money to attend (the pageant).” said Johnson. “Because of her perseverance she now holds the national title because many of you believed in her!!”
Miss Black Wisconsin is now Miss Black USA
TeKema L. Balentine from Madison Wisconsin won about 10 minutes ago!!! Thank you to all community leaders, the donors at BGC of Dane County and others for supporting this young lady getting to Washington DC!!! Also kudos to all the local news outlets for featuring her because this young lady is the real deal. A week ago she was prepared to sleep in her car and did not have enough money to attend and struggled to get there. Because of her perseverance she now holds the national title because many of you believed in her!! Amazing TeKema L. Balentine we are so proud of you!!! #BGCalumni #danecounty #wisconsin #PurgolderPride