I am always proud of any accomplishment made by anyone who has overcome certain odds, but when it's someone from my hometown, it's that much more special to me. Such is the case with LaQuitta Wilkins.

LaQuitta "Shai" Wilkins announced this morning via her Facebook page that she will be serving as Miss Black Alabama USA 2016. She plans to use her platform to improve our communities.

LaQuitta "Shai" Wilkins (Photo credit: Shai Wilkins Facebook)

The crowning ceremony for Ms. Wilkins will take place at Aliceville City Hall on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. I'm going to try my best to be there! Feel free to join me.