April Nelson was Miss Louisiana 2015 and 3rd runner-up to Miss America 2016. She won a preliminary talent award at Miss America. During the final question round, she was asked, "The Black Lives Matter movement grew as a reaction to unarmed African Americans being killed by police. Now there are voices raised who call it a hate group and think it should be called 'All Lives Matter.' What do you think?" She said, "I believe that black lives matter, all lives matter. It shouldn't matter what we base our labels on. Everybody matters. And I think that we can stop all of the violence with police brutality with body cameras and making sure that all of our policemen are trained and ready to go into the field. Every life matters!"
She was Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2008.