VSU Honors Its First African-American Homecoming Queen

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Valdosta, Ga. - April 07, 2012 -

These days a black homecoming queen is not uncommon, but in the 1970s it was a big deal.

Skip McDonald stood regally at the podium Saturday night. She dawned her crown she's held proudly for 38 years.

McDonald was the first ever black Homecoming Queen at Valdosta State University in 1974. That makes her a leader for African-American equality.

"I don't think I knew I was. Really, you know, I was homecoming queen; it was exciting. I knew I was the first, so at the time I didn't feel the incredible impact like I do now," McDonald said.

Many see McDonald's journey as an inspiration, including recent homecoming queen Avraye Henry.

"It makes me feel really inspired knowing that she has really set forth the foundation for African-American females like myself to have the opportunity to become Homecoming Queen," said Henry.

The 1970s were a different time. Fresh out of the Civil Rights era, Skip McDonald was one of many finding themselves swept to the front pages of history.

McDonald describes what high school was like in the 1960s Civil Rights era.

"That was kind of scary because the whites didn't want us to come to their school and we didn't want to go. We dealt with the whole busing situation and all of that. So that part, as far as high school, it was pretty scary," said McDonald.

Today Skip McDonald is a registered nurse and even an author.

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  • by Trayvon Martin Day, Feb. 26 Location: Worldwide on Apr 12, 2012 at 03:26 AM
    Stop the hating, Show some love. Belated honors to you Ms. McDonald. Black folks are proud of their African roots, bigots. White folks have tried to take African roots from Black folks since day one. (K7191) their is nothing to explain to small mined people.
  • by HMA on Apr 9, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    I know only one true "African American". He's a caucasion male named Hans.
  • by K7191 on Apr 8, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    The whole ceremony was not meant to be a race issue at all. We honored her because a lot of people at our school did not know that she was the first African American homecoming queen. She has only been recognized once since her crowing over 30years ago so we felt like it was just a nice thing to do.
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      by Should have thought on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:09 AM in reply to K7191
      K7191, clearly you should have thought more. Lots more. What you did was further the divide. You foster the divisiveness. That "Dang Shame" person down there has hit the proverbial nail on the head. THINK.
  • by Dang Shame on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    Dang shame is wasn't just simply "American". Maybe some day folks will figure out that in order to fix the problems they need to stop being anything but Americans. Once we get there we are all in this together. Until then, well, obviously a lot of African folks don't have a problem with segregation. It is the only rational conclusion, and heck I want to get along so . . they stay segregated even in simple thought processes.
  • by STUPID on Apr 8, 2012 at 04:18 PM
    Great, another first black (whatever) stop stop stop It is boring, just announce a winning moment. I do not ever hear of the first asian, the first latino, the first alaskian anything.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Apr 8, 2012 at 09:30 AM
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 8, 2012 at 07:27 AM
    If she thinks being Black in a White school is scary she should try being WHITE in a 90 % BLACK School in the 60's . STOP THE RACISM.
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      by Carla on Apr 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM in reply to dog
      Now, you know!
  • by Black flag on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:20 PM
    Do blacks not realize that every time they acknowledge their race when one of them is first this, first that, or the only one to do something at a particular time, it increases racial tension?
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      by GA GIRL on Apr 8, 2012 at 07:03 AM in reply to Black flag
      Can you read? The article clearly states that Valdosta State University honored her, not a black , red, green, blue or yellow group!!!!
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        by Black flag on Apr 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM in reply to GA GIRL
        If she wasn't black she would not have received any attention. Blacks.
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          by GA GIRL on Apr 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM in reply to Black flag
          Are you Jealous?
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          by Black flag on Apr 8, 2012 at 02:07 PM in reply to Black flag
          Nope. Just tired of all these stupid racial issues that are provoked by blacks.
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          by flip on Apr 8, 2012 at 09:35 PM in reply to Black flag
          "stupid racial issues that are provoked by blacks". Yeah. Right. Nothing to do with White slavers, white Jim Crow laws, white racists or whatever? You're a willfully blind bigot. And I say that as a middle aged white male, with plenty of my own issues.
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        by Africa on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM in reply to GA GIRL
        Nobody is scared, none of these black folks here today were born in AFRICA. So that makes them an AMERCIAN, not African American.
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