Teen elected as first Black homecoming queen in the SC school's history

A 17-year-old senior named Amber Wilsondebriano was elected as the first Black homecoming queen in the history of Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. Amber, a co-founder of the school's Black Excellence Society, expressed that the title brings both responsibility and a sense of pride. She believes that her achievement represents representation for children, showing them that anything is attainable for them. Founded in 1867, Porter-Gaud is an Episcopal private school that became co-educational in 1972. Amber's election is seen as an embodiment of the school's mission. While the school is predominantly white, Amber emphasized that it provides opportunities for all students regardless of race. Alongside her involvement in various school clubs, Amber holds a special connection with the Black Excellence Society, as it provides a space for Black students to embrace their identity and culture. Amber's parents were overwhelmed with joy upon her victory. Her mother described Amber as special and filled with an inner light. Her father viewed the election as a realization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, where individuals are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Amber has many aspirations, including writing children's books and pursuing a career in modeling, acting, and painting. She plans to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2024. If she could give advice to her younger self, Amber would emphasize the importance of embracing her Blackness as a source of pride.