1968 The first Miss Black America Pageant is staged in Atlantic City, NJ, and the first Miss Black America is crowned.

1969 The first telecast of the Miss Black America Pageant is beamed over the nation airwaves by Madison Square Garden Productions in association with the J. Morris Production company.

1969 Renowned recording artist Curtis Mayfield composes, sings and records the first Miss Black America theme song with vocal assistance from his group, The Impressions.

1970 The Miss Black America Revue tours for the first time with the USO to entertain U.S. military troops in the United States and overseas.

1975 The Miss Black America Pageant is adopted and hosted by Gary, Indiana.

1977 As a result of losing the Miss America Pageant to CBS-TV, NBC-TV presents the first live, prime time, network telecast of the Miss Black America Pageant, featuring Billy Dee Williams, Louis Gossett Jr., Pearl Bailey and LaVar Burton as hosts.

1977 Pageant founder J. Morris Anderson institutes The Oath of Positivity.

1980 The pageant is staged for the first time outside of the United States in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

1989 The pageant is presented for the first time in conjunction with the Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis.

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