Actress Lisa Ruffin’s The 24th Little Miss African American Pageant was a grand affair held recently at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre recently and this year’ winner was Krista Campbell, the daughter of Warren and Erika Campbell
The Little Miss African Pageant (LMAA) is first and foremost an educational program cleverly disguised in a pageant format whose mission is dedicated to the intellectual success of your African American girls.
“Within each girl, is the promise of unlimited possibilities, and the pageant is a vehicle for bringing that potential to the forefront,” says Lisa Ruffin.
For the past 24 years, dozens of girls between the ages of 6-12 years old have participated in this program, hundreds of scholarships have been awarded, and lasting memories have been created for these young Academic and intellectual princess. While some of them come from strong supportive families, the majority of them come from under-served, single family homes. The pageant provides an early introduction to the arts and training in public speaking, while promoting individual creativity and stimulating a heightened cultural understanding.