Community Organizer

You Know My Name But Not My Story

Madison Sampson is the reigning Miss Black North Carolina USA 2017.  Raised in the Queen City, Charlotte, North Carolina, Maddie is currently wrapping up her final semester in the Master of Public Affairs program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Scholar, fitness she-ro and community organizer, Maddie launched her first community initiative browngirlFEARLESS while serving as an intern under the North Carolina Office of the Governor.  Maddie currently works as a Consultant for the state of North Carolina, assisting with diversity management projects.  She previously taught high school social studies for a semester in American Samoa, which lead to her passion for international travel.  

In her spare time, she can be found at the gym preparing for a fitness class or a 5K race.  Both are her fave ways to de-stress and take time for self-care.  Don't be surprised if you find her sky-diving, snorkeling, or pushing through 10+ miles of mud on an obstacle course.  As someone who lived homeless for a number of years, Maddie is inspired to motivate others to live fearlessly, no matter what life throws at them.  

Community She-ro

Organizer, Pageant Coach and Model, Kristy D'Anna Johnson, Miss Black Mississippi USA is currently a second year graduate student at Mississippi College, studying to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Upon completion of her Master's Program, she will attend the University of Alabama's Psychology with a concentration in Law Doctoral program to become a Behavioral Analyst.  She is a 2013 Spring graduate of Jackson State University, with a Bachelors of Psychology.

Kristy is very active in her community and throughout the state of Mississippi in many capacities including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, youth Advisory Council for the Mississippi chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Counseling Association Member, Girls with A Dream Organization, Kountry Kidz Incorporated, a 2016 inductee into the Chi Sigma Iowa Counseling Honors Society, and various youth organizations across the state.  Kristy enjoys being a mentor and organizer.  She lives for the youth because her vision is to one day dismantle the "school to prison pipeline", a phenomenon that is affecting our youth today.