Herring to Represent Tennessee in Miss Black USA Competition

Nashville, TN, April 10, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Kristen Herring and 38 delegates take a magical journey on the road to royalty. On June 23, 2008, Herring will represent Tennessee in the Miss Black USA Scholarship pageant held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As Miss Black Tennessee 2008, Herring anticipates the chance to compete for the national title. “I am extremely excited and slightly anxious about taking my platform to the national level," says Herring. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will take with me forever.” While preparing for the national pageant, Herring has remained committed to the current state title by building her civic platform, Time to Get On The "M.O.V.E.," an acronym for "Motivation, Organization, Values, Education."

Since her reign, Herring has been named the official spokesperson and mentor for Governor Phil Bredesen’s L.I.F.T. Mentorship Initiative, which strives to provide mentors for the 1,500 teens in state foster care. If selected as Miss Black USA, Herring will win a $20,000 scholarship and become pageant spokesperson. Miss Black USA pageant contestants will be judged on their personal fitness, talent, evening gown and questions/answer segment. “The national pageant is a lifetime opportunity for all of the delegates representing the United States. In preparing Kristen to win the national title, we have developed a dedicated committee to help keep her focused and assist with all categories of the competition,” says Elaine Cato, state pageant director.

Herring, 25, a native of Lumberton, North Carolina, is a doctoral candidate in the department of biochemistry at Vanderbilt University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a member of the Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was crowned Miss Black Tennessee on August 18, 2007 in Nashville.

This year, the Miss Black USA Scholarship Organization has implemented "the People's Choice Award." The winner will receive a fabulous four day, three night trip for two to the Grand Bahamas Island courtesy of the Westin Grand Bahamas Island Our Lucaya Resort. Air travel will be provided for two, courtesy of US Airways. The Winner will be announced at the Final Night competition on June 23, 2008. There is no limit on the number of votes you may cast. Each vote cost $1 and can placed at www.missblackusa.org. Voting closes at midnight on May 31, 2008.

How to lend support to your Miss Black Tennessee:
The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Organization is currently seeking sponsors to help Kristen Herring achieve the goal of participating in this national competition. They are asking the respective communities throughout the state of Tennessee to consider offering a donation. All donations may qualify as a tax-deductible expense. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the current Miss Black Tennessee may do so by visiting myregistry.com. Enter "Kristen Herring" and the password: MISSBLACKTN2008. You may also contact the state director, Elaine Cato at missblacktn@yahoo.com. Your support is greatly appreciated.

About Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant Foundation, Inc.
The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. develops and promotes national leadership among women in the African American community. The organization develops women who are strong, empowered, and educated and who serve as positive role models to other women of color. The Miss Black USA Pageant is a community driven organization and is committed to addressing health and education, two leading social issues in the African American community. Winners of official "Miss Black USA" state pageants will use her civic platform to promote awareness of these issues during her reign.

About the Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant Organization, Inc.
The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant is an auxiliary of The Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant. Founded in 1984 to advance educational and professional opportunities for women of African- American descent, it is recognized as one of the premiere pageants of this nation. The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Organization is an auxiliary of The Miss Black USA Scholarship Organization. In 2006, the Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant was welcomed into state prominence after nearly a 10-year hiatus with a successful record of over 300 attendees from across the state. The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant is the official preliminary to the national Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant.

Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant Organization, Inc.
Aerial M. Ellis, Publicist