South Carolina High School Elects First Black Homecoming Queen In Its 155-year History

Amber Wilsondebriano, a senior at Charleston's Porter-Gaud High School made history as the school's first Black homecoming queen.

For the first time in its 155-year history, a high school in South Carolina has elected a Black homecoming queen.

USA Today reports that Amber Wilsondebriano, a senior at Charleston's Porter-Gaud High School, was voted homecoming queen by her classmates in a history-making election.

Wilsondebriano shared her immense joy at being named homecoming queen making at her school.

"When I was nominated, I didn't feel confident I would win," Wilsondebriano said. "However, throughout the week, many students told me they were voting for me. When the day came and my name was called, I was relieved and honored because I knew I was a part of history. I was elated the whole night. My peers made me feel special for the day."

“So many children of all ethnicities asked to take pictures with me as the new queen. I’m so happy to have been chosen as homecoming queen for my character and achievements, not because of my race,” she continued.

top students with a 4.66 GPA. She also helped found several clubs at the school including the Black Excellence Society, which gives her the most pride.

The Black Excellence Society was created as a safe space for Black students and to bring more diversity to the school.

"There are less than 10 Black people in my senior class," Wilsondebriano said. "When we have our meetings, every Black student in the school can fit in one classroom."

"I can't say enough how supportive the school has been of the club," she added. "They have funded catering for us and gave us a classroom to hold our meetings. I appreciate the school very much."

Amber's mother, Monique Wilsondebriano, spoke with pride over her daughter's historic accomplishment.

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"Amber is a very special child," she said. "She has taught herself how to paint. She is such a blessing. It's not surprising to me that the kids voted for her to become queen. She is a good friend and is very loyal."

Amber plans to major in painting at The Savannah College of Art and Design next fall. Her goals are to illustrate and write children's books. She also dreams of someday owning a business and sourcing her work.

Monique’s family moved from New York to South Carolina after her father Chevalo Wilsondebriano sustained injuries to his lungs in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as an New York City Fire Dept. EMS medic and first responder.

When the family relocated to South Carolina, they launched their own company, Charleston Gourmet Burger Co. which has been a runaway success with products that have been sold in Macy's, Whole Foods, and Walmart.

Amber shared that her victory is not just for her but all the Black children who see her and believe that they can accomplish whatever they’re willing to work hard for.

“On Homecoming night, I took so many pictures with young Black children, and I want them to look at me and believe that this is something that is attainable for them,” she said. “It feels like finally I can give them some sort of dream, and help them, even if I get to just stand here and wear a crown, it means so much more than just being the queen. My win is not just for me … it’s for all of the younger kids.”

After graduating high school, Amber plans to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design where she plans to write and illustrate children's books.

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