Fatima Brotherson-Erriche of Beaverton was crowned Miss Juneteenth Oregon 2022 in a pageant held Sunday at Alberta Abbey in northeast Portland.
Brotherson-Erriche, 17, will be a senior at Oregon Charter Academy this fall. She enjoys playing football and volunteering in her local Muslim community organizing youth programs and helping organize events.
The Miss Juneteenth pageant brought together 19 students aged 6 to 19. The younger girls performed in the talent and Q&A portions of the competition, but did not compete. Girls between the ages of 9 and 13 competed for the title of Little Miss Juneteenth, while high school girls competed for the title of teenage Miss Juneteenth.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. During the Q&A portion of the contest, Brotherson-Erriche was asked to explain why the holidays are important to her.
“It shows all the work that Harriet Tubman, Malcom X, Martin Luther King, all the work that everyone has done and brought to the table and moved us forward,” she said. “Juneteenth is one of my favorite holidays. It’s America’s real Independence Day.
Miss Juneteenth Oregon receives a $1,500 scholarship and the chance to compete in the national Miss Juneteenth pageant this fall. Outgoing Miss National Juneteenth Aceia Spade is from Eugene and posed questions to the girls during Sunday’s pageant.
Keyanna Newman, 9, was crowned Little Miss Juneteenth, and Princess Fletcher was named first runner-up for the Miss Juneteenth title.
The Miss Juneteenth pageant and program is hosted by Juneteenth Oregon, which also hosts the annual Juneteenth celebration in Portland. This year, the organization will celebrate Portland’s 50th annual Juneteenth event Saturday and Sunday at Lillis-Albina Park with a free food festival, live music, beer garden, children’s activities and nearly 100 vendors.
Miss Juneteenth winners will be part of the festivities, starting with the Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade marches south on King then west on Russell Street, ending at the festival site. Free entry. For a full lineup of music, visit juneteenthor.com.