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2019 Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant


The Black Student Union at Eastern Illinois University has been the proud sponsor of the annual Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant for over four decades. The Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant is the most celebrated cultural tradition held in conjunction with African American Heritage Month.

Since its inception in 1971, the Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant has provided a cultural experience that celebrates African American culture, heritage, and experiences. Throughout the years, it has empowered African American women while instilling a sense of pride, appreciation and cultural awareness. Many African American women have accepted the challenge of competing for the crown and honor of representing Eastern's African American community as the next Miss Black EIU.

Please join EIU and the Black Student Union in the celebration of the 48th Annual Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant – "The Rise Of A Rare Gem" on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. This year will feature (5) Pageant Contestants competing for the crown of MBEIU 2019  in four categories - Creative Expression, African Garment/Heritage Speech, Talent, and Evening Wear/Impromptu Questioning. In addition, Pageant Contestants will also participate in Pageant Pre-pageant Interviews with a panel of pre-selected Pageant Judges.

For anyone interested in making a contribution to the 2019 Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant should contact Ceci Brinker – Director Student Life at  or Raven Gant – 2019 MBEIU Scholarship Pageant Coordinator at

     Pageant Details

  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
  • Grand Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr.-  University Union
  • Doors open at 6.m. (Door Tickets Sales on sale at 6 p.m.)
  • Pageant will begin at 7 p.m.


Please click on the link below to DONATE to the 2019 Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant, by purchasing advertising for the 2019 MBEIU Scholarship Ad Booklet or become a MBEIU Pageant “Legacy Circle Sponsor”:



DEADLINE for submission of 2019 MBEIU Scholarship Pageant Booklet Ads is February 11, 2019.  For more information on sending advertising and payment, please contact the Student Life Office at 217-581-5522.

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3065 MLK Jr. Union
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
Fax: 217-581-3837

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