St. Kate's student represents Minnesota in pageant
Lula Hussein SP’15 could find herself in a Tyler Perry movie, or on a plane to Africa, if she wins the Miss Black USA title in August. The premier pageant for women of color has also awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, in addition to the aforementioned prizes, since 1986.
Hussein, a double major in public health and critical studies of race and ethnicity, is the reigning 2014 Miss Black Minnesota. She will represent the state at the pageant in Washington, D.C.
“I’m so honored and humbled to [wear this crown] and to have the opportunity to touch lives in my community,” says Hussein. She decided to compete after being encouraged to do so by a stranger at the Midwest Black History Expo last winter.
In her year as Miss Black Minnesota, Hussein will advocate for HIV education and work closely with the Minnesota AIDS Project. “I believe it is important to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS because it affects many African-Americans, especially women, in our state,” she explains. “I want to remove the stigma that surrounds this taboo subject by educating people about it.”
Hussein, who grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota, plans to attend law school after graduation or obtain a master’s degree in public health. She dreams of working for the United Nations.