#BlackExcellence: Meet Miss Black USA 2018 Kelsi Horn

by Krystal Franklin

August 17, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Miss Black USA Organization

Over the weekend a new shining star was crowned to represent the face of the Miss Black USA organization. Meet Kelsi Horn. As an activist, entrepreneur and social justice advocate for mental health, Kelsi is a 2017 graduate of Michigan State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Advertising Management & Public Relations. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.


Kelsi has a strong interest in Civic Engagement as a leading advocate in supporting the awareness of the ongoing Flint Water Crisis. Passionate about dispelling the stigmas surrounding mental and physical health, Kelsi, who was also the first queen representing Michigan to win the coveted title since 1989, aims to use her platform as Miss Black USA to raise awareness of heart disease and mental health in the Black community.


The Miss Black USA Organization is the first and leading scholarship pageant for women of color awarding over $500,000 in scholarships. It’s mission is to provide a national stage for its participants to showcase their unique talents and beauty and win scholarship opportunities.  Amongst its many accomplishments, it was the first US-based pageant to hold a national pageant on the continent of Africa and has a library named in its honor at the Lower Basic Primary School in The Gambia, West Africa. To learn more about the incredible organization and its Founder Karen Arrington, visit missblackusa.org.

Congratulations again to Kelsi Horn, Miss Black USA 2018.

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