Toni Seawright Singer-songwriter

Toni Deniece Seawright (born June 25, 1964 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is an international actress and singer-songwriter. Seawright made history as the first African American to become Miss Mississippi and was the fourth runner-up in 1987’s Miss America Pageant. Seawright attended Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, where she was the first African American to earn a degree in music at Mississippi University for Women, and majored in Vocal Music and Business at that university. Toni became the first African American to hold a recital in vocal music at MUW as well. She went on to compete for Miss W, the local chapter preliminary to the Miss America Pageant and won. This win put her in the position to compete for the state's Miss Mississippi Pageant in 1987. She went on to capture the coveted crown, making history as the very first African American to ever win. She was the fourth runner-up in the Miss America Pageant, representing the state of Mississippi in 1987. Seawright sang background vocals for artists such as Teena Marie, Freddie Jackson, Tony Terry, RuPaul, Shaggy, and Laura Branigan.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 25th, 1964
United States of America
African American




1. Mississippi University for Women Colleges/University

Mississippi University for Women, also known as MUW or simply the "W" is a four-year coeducational public university located in Columbus, Mississippi. It was formerly known as Industrial Institute and College (II&C) and later Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW) . Men have been offered admission to MUW since 1982.

Type Public university
2010. 3.64 mil. $
Institution colors
1100 College Street, 39701 - Columbus, Mississippi
2010. 2,394
2009. 2,274
2010. 193
Acceptance rate
2010. 44.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 4.88 K $
2010. 4.64 K $
2009. 4.42 K $
2008. 4.42 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

People attended Mississippi University for Women connected by profession and/or age

b. 1909., Novelist
b. 1885., Academic
b. 1939.


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