Mister Lincoln University made history in annual competition

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, February 20 2019 Feb 20, 2019 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:35:00 PM CST February 20, 2019 in News
By: Kamaria Braye, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

ST.LOUIS - Men transform into kings and represent their university and ancestors in an annual competition.

Harris Stowe State University hosted the 15th Annual Mister Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Competition in early February.

Elected student leaders from HBCU'S reign as king and queen of the university for the entire school year, and this competition allows their kings to compete for the ultimate title.

Dante West, Mr. Lincoln University, shares why this pageant is so important to his University. 

"I am the first Mister Lincoln University of Missouri to compete in the Mister HBCU Pageant, " he said.

He shared what motivates him to do well on and off the stage.

"We were founded by slaves, we were founded by Civil War veterans; they made this institutions so we could have privileges that they could never have. So I think that we should always keep that mindset that we should be the best that we could be," West said.
Shawn Johnson Jr., a former Mr. Lincoln, said as a Lincoln alum and former king this is huge for his alma mater.
"This is a legacy in the making. We have been waiting so long for this to be able to compete with the rest of the HBCU kings," Johnson said.
In previous years the pageant was held at Lincoln,and  because they were the host school their king could not compete.  Many Lincoln alumni and students were shocked it was moved to another location.
Jerome Offord Jr., Mister HBCU board of directors president, explained the reason for the change.
"Moving it around to other HBCUs would all the HBCUs the opportunity to participate," Offord said.
This year Mister Harris Stowe was unable to compete but hosted the pageant with the former Mister HBCU.
The competitions included an opening dance, recognizing HBCU queens, oratory, talent, and question and answer.
West received second runner up, and his supporters cheered loud for their king.
The tradition of campus royalty for Lincoln began in the 1920's when a student was crown Queen of the Quill, and later the name evolved to Miss Lincoln. 
In 2003 the first Mister Lincoln was introduced to the campus.
West shared why is it so important to keep the HBCU tradition alive. 
"Being black in America your journey is never easy, you're always challenged. The important meaning of an HBCU, the reasons why we need them so much is because no one can take care of us like our own," he said.
He said HBCU's allow students with similar backgrounds to uplift each other.
"We're targets out here it's up to us to come together whether we come from a broken home whether we come from something mis-fortunate, we're all supposed to come together to make a difference, to apply ourselves, to hold each other accountable. Basically, to live through our founders' dreams," West said.
Jauan Durbin, Spelman College's king and the newly crowned Mister HBCU, vowed to use his title as a platform to motivate other men. 
"I wanted to cultivate kings of core, kings who connect obtain,and execute. So I made it my mission to come down here regardless of win, lose, draw, that the kings after me would know that we have a chance to sit at the table," Durbin said.
The location for the 2020 Mister HBCU Pageant has not been announced. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY —Gov. Mike Parson will sign an omnibus bill that increases prison sentences and eliminates probation for certain violent... More >>
57 minutes ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 6:14:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested a 16 year old boy in connection to a shooting that resulted in a... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 6:09:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — A University of Maryland administrator and head of fundraising will be MU's next vice chancellor for advancement,... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 5:25:36 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —The Columbia/Boone County Health Department trained 15 city employees in contact tracing Monday. But the county is still at... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 4:50:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY- Patrick Mahomes has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. This new contract will keep... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 4:11:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
BELLE —Police charged two suspects with assault Monday after a man was found with serious injuries. Police arrested 21... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 3:03:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 2:34:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Emotions over mask-wearing mandates are high. KOMU spoke to MU Health Care infectious disease doctor, Dr. Christelle Ilboudo,... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball star Laurence Bowers kicked off his sixth annual basketball camp on Monday with the largest... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 12:59:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA— Brian Weimer, major of operations with the MU Police Department, has been named interim chief of MUPD, according to... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 12:52:14 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
MISSOURI - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released its 2020 4th of July incident numbers in a news release Monday.... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 12:02:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 11:02:00 AM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Around 30 years ago, a town in Oregon retrofitted an old van, staffed it with young medics and... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 10:49:19 AM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia City Council is set to vote on a face mask order at their meeting Monday. The... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 6:21:00 AM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Several community members talked about the need to hold each other along with leaders accountable following a double... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 7:31:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 6:09:26 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
MARIES COUNTY - The Maries County Sheriff's Office recovered human remains near the Gasconade River on Sunday, according to a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 5:26:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 89°
8pm 88°
9pm 82°
10pm 80°
11pm 79°