The Black Student Union (BSU) is celebrating 40 years on the campus of Illinois State University with the Black Heritage Ball at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 28, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the Braden Box Office in the Bone Student Center for $7 each. Ticket sales ends at 2 p.m. Saturday February 27.

This year’s theme for the ball is “A Glimpse of Black Greatness: The Promising Years,” featuring speaker Scott Steward, a prominent Chicago Public Schools educator. The evening will also include performances of dance, music, and acting as well as a dinner buffet.

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Scott Steward

Steward is a 16-time award-winning teacher of entrepreneurship, and a contributing writer for Chicago’s N’DIGO Magapaper. Providing tips on entrepreneurial ventures and suggestions for emerging entrepreneurs, Steward authored a business plan that is featured in the book Make $1,000 in 35 days.

Known as the “force” behind a student’s limitless future, Steward empowers students to become CEOs of their own businesses and lives, and to create wealth on their own terms. A business owner, educator, entrepreneurial expert, husband, and father of three, he knows firsthand the enjoyable, and not so enjoyable, aspects of entrepreneurship.

Steward earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Columbia College Chicago and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University. At Roosevelt, he developed “Young Entrepreneurs,” a series of education programs that linked youth with entrepreneurship possibilities.

Now CEO of the multimedia production company and marketing consulting firm Break Bread Marketing & Media, Steward is also a master certified teacher of entrepreneurship by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

For additional information on the Black Heritage Ball, contact BSU President Joshua White at or BSU Special Event Coordinator Taaliah Maxey at