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Remembering Love Scales, Auburn’s first black Miss Homecoming candidate


Love the juxtaposition.
Love the juxtaposition.

Continuing in our History-Making Miss Homecomings series, we pay tribute to the lovely Love Scales, whom in addition to having one of the most awesome homecoming queen names ever (her full name was actually even cooler: Loventrice), was also Auburn’s first black Miss Homecoming candidate. She was a sophomore. No, she didn’t win. The legendary Libby Lively wound up with the crown in 1973. But she still made—or revised—a little history that year. While pouring through some old state department records in the AU library, Love learned that the United States had funded anti-Bolshevik forces with 110 tons of silver and a billion dollars of counterfeit rubles or something. It was a pretty controversial revelation that had Russian historians all up in arms for a little while and may, in a roundabout way, have even cost the Auburn professor she was doing research for his job.

Here’s the awesome photo that ran with the OA-News story on her discovery.

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Scales (later Kannar) graduated from Auburn in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology. She also earned a M. Ed. degree in counseling from AU and an M. A. degree in librarianship from the University of Denver. Sadly, she passed away in 1999.

Her historic role at AU was included in her obituary: “‘Love,’ as she was known, had the distinction of being the first African American to be elected to Auburn University’s homecoming court in 1973.'”

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Photo: Ralph Allen.

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Top, bottom photos: Larry Parker.

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* Auburn’s tallest Miss Coming ever?
* That time had the same Miss Homecoming two years in a row (kinda)
* Auburn’s new Miss Homecoming Molly Anne Dutton interviewed by Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck
* Best reaction to being named Miss Homecoming ever
* Auburn—and America’s?—first homecoming was definitely held in 1909, not 1913

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