Dale Williams, Ph.D


Dr. Dale Williams is the founder of Leadership for Queens and the HBCU Kings and Queens Conference, a leadership conference for Historically Black University and College (HBCU) Queens. She has independently organized and conducted the conference annually for HBCU queens and kings for 20 years in four different cities. She has 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. Such positions include but are not limited to: Director of Student Activities at Winston-Salem State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coordinator of Student Activities at Tennessee State University and Public Relations Associate at Meharry Medical College. Over the course of her career, she has also worked as full time instructor for ten years at Bethel University as well as an adjunct instructor teaching English and Speech at LeMoyne-Owen College, National College of Business and Technology, Tennessee State University and Draughons Junior College. Dale’s leadership aspirations began early as she was not only queen of her high school in Memphis, Tennessee, but also Miss Tennessee State University (1992-93). She has judged various pageants, served as keynote and conducted numerous workshops at various universities, conferences and community events. She thoroughly enjoys helping young men and women reach their goals and realize their full potential. She believes that those who walk in such positions have the perfect opportunity to make a great impact on others. In 2018, she was nominated by Ebony Power 100 for a People's Choice Award for her work with the conference and Leadership for Queens. Dale is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Tennessee State Alumni Association and The Junior League of Memphis. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications and Theatre, a Master's of Arts in English from Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Memphis.

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.