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Michigan Woman Crowned Miss Black America

July 22, 1985

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Amina Fakir of Detroit has defeated 52 other young women to become Miss Black America.

Ms. Fakir, a University of Michigan student, won the finals during Saturday night’s pageant here, pageant spokesman Norman Hayes said.

The 23-year-old Ms. Fakir also won the swimsuit competition, Hayes said.

She will receive a 1985 Ford Mustang convertible and $1,000 cash awards from Ford Motor Co. and Black America magazine, co-sponsors of the event.

First runner-up was Crystal Walker, 22, of Chicago; second runner-up was Cynthia Keitt, 24, of New York City; and third was Princess Wilson of Lancaster, S.C.

Local businessman J. Morris Anderson said last week that he started the pageant because he believed ″the black woman needed a stage and a microphone to air her views.″

″She was not getting that stage in 1968, when I began the pageant,″ he said.

The pageant was taped for nationally syndicated telecasts to be broadcast between Aug. 24 and Sept. 28 on the Black America Syndicated TV Network, officials said.

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