Miss America 2004
Ericka Dunlap was Miss America 2004, and was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida. A native of Orlando, Dunlap attended the University of Central Florida when she was crowned Miss America.
Dunlap succeeded Miss America 2003, Erika Harold, and was followed by Miss America 2005, Deidre Downs.
In the Fall of 2003, when she was crowned Miss America 2004, Dunlap announced that she would promote the ideals of cultural diversity and inclusion during her reign.
Through her experience as Miss America, Ericka took her message to venues throughout the country, including several that are not typically associated with the Miss America Organization. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Hollywood Squares game show, The O'Reilly Factor, and she was the grand marshal of the Talladega EA Sports NASCAR race. She was especially enthused about visiting our US troops for Thanksgiving in Kuwait, which was also her first trip abroad.
Since giving up the title in September 2004, Miss Dunlap returned to the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She currently lives in Nashville, TN where she is continuing her passion for expanding the perspective of diversity while pursuing a career in Country Music.