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Miss Juneteenth is "a different kind of pageantry" honoring ancestors | USA TODAY

Miss Juneteenth is "a different kind of pageantry" honoring ancestors | USA TODAY

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The Juneteenth holiday is now official, but in Delaware, the Miss Juneteenth pageant has been educating youngsters and their families for 24 years. RELATED: What is Juneteenth? The holiday's history and significance, explained. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnDt8PqcYic Backstage at a downtown hotel, Saniya Gay, the reigning Delaware Miss Juneteenth, is holding court among a sea of sequins and the smell of hot curling irons. Gay, who was crowned the first National Miss Juneteenth last year, offers advice to the nine girls, ages 8 to 17, who are about to take the stage for the 2021 Delaware Juneteenth Family Enrichment Program and Pageant — one of whom she will crown as her successor. This group has been preparing the pageant for six months doing community service, writing essays and takin...