Black Affairs Council’s first Ebony Ball to highlight black students

Southern Illinois University’s (SIU) Black Affairs Council (BAC) will be hosting its first annual Ebony Ball on March 19 in the Garden Grove Event Center at 7:30 pm.

According to the flyer provided by the BAC on Twitter, the event will have a Black Tie dress code and will include dinner, a DJ, a 360 photo booth, a red carpet, a best-dressed competition and a Mr. and Miss BAC competition.

BAC’s public relations chair Mackenzie Gaines said the RSO has been planning this ball since October to have something for Black students during Black History Month.


“It’s been a vision for BAC for a while and we just wanted to give [the] opportunity for it to end off Black History Month on a really good note,” Gaines said. “That was the main reason why we [planned]it, just to have something else for students to do and to look forward to each and every year.”

Mr. and Miss BAC is something the RSO has been advertising for a while now, the winners of which will become representatives for BAC, Gaines said.

“So, when people would like to [or] want to know more about BAC they have that person to look towards,” Mackenzie said. “That’s what [it] will be, just leaders on campus… that people can turn to if they have any questions regarding BAC.”

Mackenzie said Mr. and Miss BAC will give Black students the chance to showcase their leadership around campus.

Safety precautions including metal detectors and negative COVID-19 tests from the last 72 hours will be in place at the event.

More information can be found on the BAC’s Instagram, Twitter, or by contacting them at [email protected].

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