Eastern Illinois University’s annual Miss Black EIU Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union’s Grand Ballroom.
This year’s pageant, with the theme, “Wishing on a Star,” will feature five contestants, each being judged in creative expression, talent, African garment and evening gown competitions, as well as their response to an impromptu question.
Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 24, at the University Union box office. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Phone (217) 581-5122 for ticket information.
Contestants for the title of Miss Black EIU 2006 are as follows: Ebone Ashford, a sophomore pre-med/biology major from Chicago; Jennifer Cooper, a junior family and consumer sciences major from Chicago; Andreya Davis, a freshman English (teacher certification) major from East St. Louis; Marjani Lewis, a sophomore journalism major from Chicago; and Kara Taylor, a freshman undecided major from Chicago.
Since its inception in 1971, the Miss Black EIU Pageant has become one of Eastern’s largest cultural events, paying tribute to African-American women at EIU while instilling a sense of pride, appreciation and cultural awareness in their heritage. Contestants compete for scholarships, prizes and special awards, in addition to special recognition awards.
Through the years, more than 100 young women have vied for the crown of Miss Black EIU and the honor of representing Eastern’s African-American community.
The public also is invited to attend the Miss Black EIU Coronation Dance, to be held in the University Ballroom immediately following the pageant. Admission is free with the purchase of a pageant ticket.