Juliette Maiorana

Academic Historian

Juliette Maiorana is a Mexican-American Arizona native. She has a B.S. and M.A. in history from Northern Arizona University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at San Diego (2013). Dr. Maiorana’s historical research and writing has been recognized by numerous awards, grants, and fellowships. Her research interests are too vast for this bio. Currently, she is working on her first book, “The Mining Life,” a history of industrial mining, race, and family in Arizona, Chihuahua, and throughout the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands. For the moment, she resides in Prescott, Arizona with her two awesome sons.

Juan Beltrán de Magaña (1537-1578)

Juan Beltrán de Magaña was a black conquistador of Chile. He was born in Guadalajara, Spain in 1537 to Francisco Gonzalez Mencia and Estacio de la Peña. He married Mariana Aguirre and had a legitimate son named Martin de Briones. In addition, he had an illegitimate son of … Read MoreJuan Beltrán de Magaña (1537-1578)

Marva Weatherhorn (1983– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Twenty-one-year-old Marva Weatherhorn, the first black Miss Guatemala, represented her country in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant. Her mother’s family immigrated to Guatemala from El Salvador to work harvesting bananas. Ms. Weatherhorn’s father and his parents had emigrated from Jamaica to … Read MoreMarva Weatherhorn (1983– )

Scharllette Allen Moses (1987- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" In 2010, 23-year-old Scharllette Allen Moses became the first Nicaraguan of African ancestry to be crowned Miss Nicaragua. She represented her country in the Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas, Nevada of that same year. Moses joined another Central American, Marva … Read MoreScharllette Allen Moses (1987- )

Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante (1981- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante became the first Miss Mexico of African descent. With that victory she completed in the Miss Universe pageant in Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002. Cruz was born in Mérida, Yucatán, México, on … Read MoreEricka Yadira Cruz Escalante (1981- )