PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004, performer and reality-TV star during its annual Lyceum event Tuesday, April 29 at 11 a.m. The free, public event will be held in Cross-Phipps auditorium located in Caldwell Hall.
Ericka Dunlap captured a part of history by breaking the color barrier and becoming the first —and only to date— Black woman to be crowned Miss Florida in the 80-year history of the pageant. As Miss America 2004, Dunlap traveled over 25,000 miles a month serving as a keynote speaker and good-will ambassador to corporations, universities and communities across America. She also traveled to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar to boost morale for U.S. servicemen & women. Throughout her year of service, Dunlap promoted a platform titled, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall Behind” a focus on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion which has remained a passion for her ever since.
She has enjoyed many years as a performer, recording artist, event host, spokesperson, diversity advocate and motivational speaker delivering over 200 keynote addresses. She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the O’Reilly Factor and numerous other television appearances.
T defied the stereotypes and boundaries of a beauty queen when she was cast on the Emmy-Award® winning reality show The Amazing Race-Season 15, which solidified her as an International television star, traveling to nine countries throughout Asia and Europe in 27 days, and finishing as a finalist.
Dunlap continues to juggle many hats as a featured performer in the upcoming Off-Broadway musical, “Disenchanted”, recently previewing in Tampa, Florida at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, a Judge for The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and as Principal Consultant of Crown Communication Group, a Public Relations and Entertainment consulting firm.
For more information, call (870)575-8210.