#BlackHistoryMonth – Julie Cromitie: First Black Miss Penn State Finalist

For the month of February, the Underground will shine a spotlight on prominent figures in the black community.


Today’s Black History Month spotlight is being shone on Julie Cromitie, who was a secondary education major at Penn State from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1964, Cromitie was elected as the first Black president for the Association of Women Students, which arranged social, cultural and educational activities for women at Penn State. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historically black sorority and was also the first black person elected as a Miss Penn State Finalist.

In 1965, she was the first black student to receive the Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award, which was the most prestigious student award given by the university. The criteria to receive this award included high academic achievement, good citizenship and participation and leadership in student activities.


Please be sure to check out the other #BlackHistoryMonth posts!

About Alicia Harris (12 Articles)
Alicia is a positive freshman majoring in biochemistry from Northern Virginia. She has big dreams of becoming a surgeon someday many years from now. When she’s not in class, eating, sleeping or studying, you can find her reblogging and starting conversations on Tumblr after-hours, or starting conversations about social justice with friends. In her free time, she loves to take pictures, watch movies, sing and discover new musicians on Spotify.

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