Lumbee Homecoming officially started in 1968, the year after Cheryl Ransom (Locklear) was crowed the first Miss Lumbee. It has grown since that initial beauty pageant into one of the largest events held in Southeastern North Carolina. The first Miss Lumbee pageant was held in September of 1967, around the Recreation Center Swimming Pool; now known as the North Carolina Indian Cultural Center. The late R&B music legend Percy Sledge served as a judge for the first pageant. Now, there are four additional pageants ranging from a Little Miss to a Senior Ms. Pageant. The week-long celebration features a parade, outdoor gospel music concert, food and craft vendors, athletic events, a car show, and dozens of other events, Lumbee Tribe, UNC-Pembroke, Town of Pembroke and others have added programs and events to coincide with Lumbee Homecoming, the Kiwanis of Pembroke sponsor the annual 5K run and the Lumbee Warriors Association host the Veterans Military Ball each year. Lumbee Indians from all across the United States look forward to returning home during the fourth of July Lumbee Homecoming festivities year after year.
Taylor Brooke Locklear is the reigning Miss Lumbee 2019 – 2021. She is the 22 year old daughter of Jamie and Patricia Locklear and lives in Fairmont. Recently Taylor completed her Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Science (Paramedic) from Robeson Community College and is currently employed with Robeson County EMS. Her future plans are to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Taylor has held several pageant titles in the past; Little Miss Fairmont Farmers Festival 2004-2005, Fairmont Farmers Festival Mini Ambassador 2005-2006, Tiny Miss Fairmont Farmers Festival 2007-2008, Junior Miss Carolina Christmas 2010-2011, Pretty in Pink Majestic 2011-2012, Teen Miss Fairmont Farmers Festival 2012-2013, Fairmont Farmers Festival Ambassador 2013-2014, and Miss Fairmont Farmers Festival 2015-2016. Taylor has a love for dance and has taken dance classes from Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts in Chadbourn, NC, for 14 years and she attends Riverside Independent Baptist Church.
Taylor loves her Native American Heritage and in 2015 created her platform, Redefining Indigenous Strength in Everyone through Unity & Perseverance (RISE UP), which she promotes as the reigning Miss Lumbee.
Kyla Leigh-Ann Jarrett is the 18 year old daughter of Gerald Jarrett Jr. and Adrenna Locklear. Kyla is currently a freshman and UNC Pembroke with hopes of becoming a history teacher. Some of Kyla’s hobbies are cheering and dancing which she has done for twelve years. Kyla grew up in the Raleigh area but Robeson county has always been her second home. She has a passion and love for serving her Lumbee people. Kyla has been active as a volunteer in her community working with special needs children and supporting organizations such as Meg’s Smile, Children’s Miracle Network, and Victory Junction. Through Kyla’s platform, “Be A Hero”, she has raised over $3,500 for families in Robeson County who suffered losses in Hurricanes Matthew in Florence. Kyla is grateful to have served as Jr. Miss Lumbee in 2015 and the current Teen Miss Lumbee. She wants to relay a message to Lumbee youth that no matter what obstacle they face, they can overcome through strength and perseverance.
Kynnady Elizabeth Locklear is the 13 year old daughter of Cecil and Kayla Locklear of Lumberton, N.C. Kynnady has two younger brothers, Caige and Candon. She is an 8th grader at Prospect School, where she is active in Beta and NASA club and on the Superintendents Honor Roll. She currently serves as the North Carolina Junior Beta State Secretary.
Riley Madison Dial is the 11 year old daughter of Stephanie Jacobs and Robert Dial. Riley is the youngest, and the only girl of four children. She has three brothers Seth, Jacy, and Christian and they reside in the Pembroke community. Riley currently attends Prospect School and is in the sixth grade. Her future ambitions are to become a teacher. Riley and her family attend Elrod Baptist Church where she loves singing in the children’s choir. Along with singing, she enjoys hunting, drawing, painting, shopping, and playing with her Teacup Yorkie Bella. Riley loves representing her Lumbee people and learning about her Native American culture. She is a firm believer that with God all things are possible and her message to other little girls is to never give up on your dreams.