Dale Michelle Williams, PhD


Dr. Dale Williams is the founder of Leadership for Queens, a nonprofit organization for HBCU Kings and Queens and the chief organizer for the HBCU Kings & Queens conference, a leadership conference for Historically Black University and College (HBCU) kings and queens. She has organized and conducted the conference annually for HBCU kings and queens for over 20 years. Having more than 20 years of experience in higher education, currently, Dale is the Director of the Academic Counseling Center at University of Memphis. She is a sought-after trainer and speaker that has also worked at many HBCU’s in a variety of capacities. Dale’s leadership aspirations began early as she was not only queen of her high school (Hamilton) in Memphis, TN, but also Miss Tennessee State University (TSU) 1992-93. Dale has judged and worked with various pageants, served as a motivational keynote speaker, and conducted numerous leadership workshops at various universities, conferences, and community events. She believes that those who walk in such positions as the HBCU king or queen have the perfect opportunity to make a profound impact on others. In 2018, Dale was recognized by Ebony Magazine Power 100, as a People’s Choice Nominee for her work with the HBCU Kings & Queens Conference, Dale is a member of community/public service organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Memphis, and TSU Alumni Association. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication and Theatre and a Master of Arts in English from Tennessee State University. She also has a graduate certificate in African American Literature and PhD in English, Literary and Cultural Studies, from University of Memphis. She thoroughly enjoys helping young men and women reach their goals and realize their full potential. Dale enjoys giving back to her community.

Anthony M. Jones, Jr.

Anthony M. Jones, Jr. is the founder for the Kings' Konnection and the HBCU Kings and Queens Conference. Currently employed at his alma mater Talladega College, Anthony serves as the advisor for Mr. and Miss Talladega and has recently celebrated 29 years of planning their annual Coronation. He is the founder of Talladega's annual Founders Day Parade and the president of the 1995 Alumni class at the college. He is also the president of the Alumni class of 1991 for Fairfield High School. As an all-around event planner Anthony has traveled across the United States planning weddings for hundreds. Prior to directorship at Talladega, Anthony worked for SAKS Inc., for four years. He traveled between the Alabama and Mississippi area as a department manager planning in store events for the McRae and Parisians Division. Among his many accomplishments Anthony has been awarded many honors by peers, professionals, and service organizations. He is the 1994 recipient of the National Orator among Black College and Universities at Alabama State University. He was awarded by Talladega College the 1995 Key to the College. He has held several pageant titles and has received honors from various Greek and civic organizations including his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi for his outstanding service and tireless efforts in helping others. An expert in floral design, serves as a Trustee of New Hope Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He sings in the award winning New Hope Mass Choir and has been a ministry leader in several areas. This year Anthony successfully made it through his first year as the Alabama, state director for the Miss Plus America Pageant System at the same time served as the reigning Mr. Crimson Tide for the All World Beauties and Man of Distinction Pageant System. June 25, he was crowned as the National Mr. AWB Man of Distinction 2022-2023.