The classically trained opera singer wowed judges with her poise, grace and beauty and walked away with the crown in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 9.
"I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin", Franklin said.
"We're experiencing a cultural revolution in our country with women finding the courage to stand up and have their voices heard on many issues".
The first runner-up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Mary Oei, winning $25,000 in scholarships after bringing the audience to its feet with a rousing Irish step-dance number for the evening's talent portion. During the final question-and-answer portion, she responded "New York gusto" to judge Laila Ali's question about how being from the state (and city) had prepared her for the job of Miss America.
The onstage interview replaced the swimsuit competition for this year's pageant, a move that prompted both backlash and praise when it was announced earlier this year.
This year marks the first time the broadcast will not include a swimsuit competition.
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The group behind Miss America also re-labeled the annual event a "competition", dropping the word "pageant".
It has been replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding President Donald Trump, and National Football League player protests, among other topics.
Gretchen Carlson, a 1989 Miss America victor who went on to become a TV commentator and the pageants' current chairman, said in a statement that Miss America would "represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment".
Carlson denied the allegations before the start of the competition, addressing Mund directly in a statement, saying "I have never bullied or silenced you".
Upon taking over at the helm of the Miss America Organization last winter following an email scandal in which former top leaders denigrated the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas, Carlson and Hopper set out to transform the organization, dubbing it "Miss America 2.0".
Unhappy with how the decision was reached, as well as with other aspects of Carlson and Hopper's performance, 46 of the 51 state pageant organizations (the District of Columbia is included) have called on the two to resign. Here's everything you need to know about the newly crowned victor. She was not allowed to speak live; instead a 30-second taped segment of her speaking was broadcast.