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OCU Student Wins Miss Black Oklahoma USA
A student at Oklahoma City University was crowned the new Miss Black Oklahoma USA during a contest Sunday at Douglas High School. Dance management sophomore Sheray Franklin will represent the state during the Miss Black USA pageant in Washington, D.C., in August. Franklin won the state pageant over seven other contestants. She is from Savanah, Ga., and graduated from the Savannah Arts Academy before coming to Oklahoma for school. The 20-year-old student is active with several organizations at her university and in the community, particularly within her passion of dancing. “Dance is a God-given gift that I will share,” Franklin stated in her Oklahoma pageant entry. “Rather than burying it in the soil, I will plant a gift given to me into the hearts of students. I can only hope that through my passion I will positively affect my community, state and country.” Her platform is assisting a group called J.U.S.T. Dance (Joyfully Uniting Students Through Dance). She hopes to perform in Broadway musicals and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company after college. She was an assistant company manager for Lyric Theatre during the summer. Her extracurricular positions include vice president of the Sisterhood of African American Students, serving on the OCU Student Government Senate for Dance and Arts Management, public relations chairwoman for the Black Student Association and as a Blue Tie Ambassador, the OCU president’s student representatives at public functions. Franklin qualified for the state pageant after becoming Miss Black OCU. She joins a legacy of pageant success for OCU. Contestants from OCU won the state title every year from 2005 to 2008, and the university has had three Miss America winners. “I am sincerely grateful to represent this university and state,” she said. “It is my intention to be a ‘Generation E’ woman, a woman who energetically encourages enlightens and empowers people of all ages and generations to come.”