Fourth Ebony Ball held at PAC

Photographs courtesy of Destiney Boyd

Alexander Camp, Assistant Editor for Sports

On Feb. 27, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted their fourth annual Ebony Ball at PAC, the culmination of the celebration of Black History Month at UIS.

The ball is designed to celebrate African-American achievement in the community and stress that although Black History Month is winding down calendar-wise, black history and culture should be recognized and celebrated 365 days a year.

Each year, there is a Black Excellence Award given out and an Ebony Ball Court announced. Shaina Humphrey was the recipient of this year’s Black Excellence Award.

The gala brings out scores of students dressed in their prom-like best in an extravagant Saturday night.

The event featured an in-house band playing contemporary smooth jazz, creating an atmosphere for patrons to socialize and take part in enjoying in the festivities.

According to Dominique Wilson, the Ebony Ball is a moment for students to take in stride their accomplishments and celebrate the moment of being in college.

“The Ebony is an opportunity for students to come together to just elegantly be in a space that they’re comfortable by themselves in celebration not just together but for Black History Month,” Wilson said.

Justin Rose, an adviser for the BSU who helped oversee the creation of the event four years ago, takes full pride in the evolution of what has become one of the biggest events on campus.

“Personally, I love it,” said Rose. “It shows students can get together and organize and put together a sound program that celebrates black excellence and celebrates all excellence.”

While the event is organized by a black student organization, the event and subsequent after-party entailed a diverse mix of all races, a testament to the efforts of the aforementioned organization in promoting diversity in their events.

Wilson, a senior majoring in communications and a previous Black Excellence Award winner, said, “This is the fourth year that that this event has taken place, so I’m proud to see such leadership that has been able to make sure that this opportunity for students to continue to drive.”