Debbye Turner is crowned Miss America.
1989 (Sep 16)
Debbye Turner, a 23 year-old Black veterinary student at the University of Missouri, was crowned Miss America at the 68th Annual Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Turner, a born-again Christian, became the third Black American woman to hold the beauty and talent title. Of this achievement, Turner stated: "Being Black is the very least of who I am. I had nothing to do with it, and that's not a landmark. I just came that way."