Miss Black America Coed 2018 Erica Bryant
Believing that stories change people, Miss Black America Coed 2018 Erica Bryant wants to use her story to inspire others to accomplish their dreams. Bryant’s dream for others centers on promoting literacy. It has been for her entire life. She launched her own nonprofit, It Takes A Village Educational Foundation, for that purpose and now uses it as the inspiration for her reign and platform. Bryant believes it took a village to shape her into the woman she is today and she in turn wants to be part of the village that shapes today’s youth. She has already given out several scholarships in honor of her own village, Lorenzo (Sr.) & Faye D. Bryant, her deceased grandparents.
As Miss Black America Coed 2018, Bryant champions the Miss Black America Coed Organization’s causes to elevate the next generation of leaders and scholars. She continues to work forming community partnerships to focus her efforts on mentorship of youth development from the inside out. Erica has worked with several organizations, from local-to-national, including the Houston Public Library, Como-Pickton High School, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude, The Red Cross, American Cancer Association, Boys and Girls Club, and the American Heart/Stroke Association.
When not performing her queenly duties, Bryant works in the field of behavioral health services as a counselor. She holds a B.S. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, a M.S. in Counseling, a M. Ed. in Counseling and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology all from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Erica has been featured in numerous publications. She has received many accolades for her outstanding accomplishments and records set for her contributions professionally at a Fortune 500 insurance company.
In her rare spare time, Erica enjoys playing various instruments, dancing, fashion, sports, acting, and collecting M.A.C. lipsticks. Her collection has grown to over 50 shades.