All photography provided by Beverli Aliford

Our Mission Statement

The Miss Black USA Organization is an organization that empowers women to engage in their creative self worth of being a black women with a voice. The organization defines how African-American women defeat the stereotypical standards of beauty, size and ideals from that of which was once taught in a negative way. Miss Black USA celebrates women in all shades of brown, hair texture and vastness.  


Time has never shown itself-prevalent as it has now, because being a black queen is not all about being beautiful and showing how we strut, it’s how we present in high dominant positions as black queens with a purpose.
— Kennetra Searcy, Ms. Black USA 2017

What We've Achieved

  • Kennetra Searcy was crowned the first ever Ms. Black USA on December 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C .
  • The first Kennetra Searcy Scholarship for Girls was established for  High School Seniors nationwide, beginning with the Class of 2017   
  • Kennetra served as the Grand Marshall for the 2016 Freeport, Texas Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.  
  • Kennetra is featured in the Tennesseean Newspaper.
  • Kennetra is featured in the Houstonian Magazine
  • Kennetra is featured on Urban Outlook Channel 5 News
  • Kennetra is featured as special guest on Debra Duncan Great Day Houston
  • Kennetra becomes a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Kennetra serves on the Play Like A Girl Women's Equality Forum Discussion Panel  
  • Kennetra is featured on Channel 17 Fox Morning News  
  • Kennetra is appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Kennetra makes celebrity appearance at the Antonio Brown Celebrity Basketball Game
  • Kennetra supports Sick;e Cell Research and  makes generous donation to Breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle Foundation.
  • Mayor of Houston recognizes Ms. Black USA by establishing Kennetra Searcy Day on Dec. 3, 2017 in Houston, TX.