Introducing Jasmine Hart - 2015 Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen Jasmine Hart

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2015 Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen Jasmine Hart Selected as First Princess in Seafair Pageant

Miss Umoja Jasmine Hart at Festival SundiataThe Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen Scholarship Program is proud to announce that our 2015 Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen Jasmine Hart was selected as First Princess in the Seafair Pageant making her first runner-up to the Seafair Queen. Jasmine is the third African American woman to join Seafair royalty in over 50 years. When asked how she feels about the honor, she states, “I am humbled to be the third Black Seafair Princess to make it into the top two of Seafair royalty. With this role I pave the way for other girls of color to stretch out and reach for the stars. The sky is the limit!”

The youngest daughter of Keith and Elaine Hart, Jasmine was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington.  She has been inspired by members of her family who have encouraged her to never give up on her dreams.

A phenomenal young woman coming into her own, Jasmine is currently attending Clover Park Technical College pursuing her Associate’s of Arts Specializing in Nursing. Upon completion of her AA Degree, Jasmine plans to attend the University of Washington to earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. Jasmine aspires to work as a labor and delivery nurse for one of the local hospitals. Through hard work and determination she has been able to earn scholarships to fund her education.

Jasmine has been a dedicated volunteer for organizations that support children such as Caring for Kids, The Lakehouse Transitional Home for Women & Children, The Salvation Army and the Tacoma Rescue Mission.

Jasmine is an inspiration to everyone she meets, in her own words, “I want to inspire others. I want someone to look at me and say, because of you, I didn't give up…"

During her reign as Miss Umoja Fest Africatown, Jasmine plans to travel across King County to inspire and empower young women and girls by telling her personal story of triumph and determination.  As an advocate for education and wellness, Jasmine hopes to share her passion for a well-rounded lifestyle with others.

Jasmine believes that being successful is giving your all whether you win or lose. Even if you fail at something, the lessons you learn are invaluable and worth something as you continue to strive for success.  She says the best advice she has ever received was, "It's never too late to become the person you were meant to be."

About the Miss Umoja Fest Africatown Queen Scholarship Program
An initiative of the Umoja Peace Center, the The Miss UmojaFest Africatown Queen Scholarship Program supports the educational goals of outstanding young women 18-23 years old of African descent.  The program is dedicated to building confidence and self-esteem, and providing a positive role model for girls and young women.  The Queen is selected based on her leadership skills, community service and public speaking skills.  

About Umoja Fest
A Seafair sanctioned event, the Umoja Festival and Parade has been a Seattle tradition for over six decades.  Coined the “Soul of Seafair” the Umoja Festival is the largest outdoor celebration of the Black diaspora and culture in Seattle.  Umoja is a Swahili word which means "unity" and is the main theme of the festival an artistic and cultural extravaganza that uniquely touches the spirit of the community.

About the Umoja Peace Center
The Umoja PEACE Center(UPC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2008 as a youth focused, community based cultural center. Founded in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District. UPC’s mission is to inspire and empower youth through Positive Education, Art, Culture & Enterprise (P.E.A.C.E.). The center provides culturally relevant out of school enrichment activities in the areas of technology, music, digital media production, leadership development and social entrepreneurship for youth and young adults. UPC produces several community empowerment events including the the annual Umoja Festival and Parade. Learn more about UPC at:

UPC also supports Africatown Seattle which is an asset based community economic development initiative focused on leveraging the positive cultural assets of the African descent community as a foundation for innovative economic development solutions. Learn more about the initiative at

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