Khalilah Smith crowned MSU’s first ever black rodeo queen

The MSU sophomore received the honor on Saturday, February 17

Khalilah Smith, an MSU sophomore, was crowned rodeo queen at the 49th Annual Spartan Stampede. This award marks an important achievement, as Smith is the first black rodeo queen in Michigan State's history.

The event took place from Friday Feb. 16 to Sunday Feb. 18 at the MSU Pavilion for Livestock Teaching and Research.

VIDEO: Smith's crowning was recorded by the MSU Rodeo Club!

Crowning our new rodeo queen!

Posted by Michigan State University Rodeo on Saturday, February 17, 2018

"Being a minority in a majority world, and in this rodeo thing, people are like, 'Can I step my foot out?', and I actually wanted to be that person," Smith said in an interview with Lansing State Journal.

MSU Rodeo is five-time International Professional Rodeo Association "Indoor Rodeo of the Year".

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