It was very bitter sweet that our first black Miss America had to give up her crown, when so many Miss America-universe-USA contestants has done far worse. But Vanessa press through and has had a very strong career. In fact, she is the most successful Miss America ever! And since one of the queens of entertainment, the Miss America Corporation finally got on board with the rest of us and gave Vanessa her props.
Miss America's CEO Sam Haskell said this on stage:
I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years. You have lived your life in grace and dignity and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned. Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today’s organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams. I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be.Vanessa is Miss America and the most successful one at that.
Hail to the Queen!