3rd Annual Cotillion Ball (1974)

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3rd Annual Cotillion Ball (1974)


African American Women, Post-Secondary Education, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.,


This source is the booklet for the third annual Cotillion Ball held in May of 1974 at the Ramada Convention Center. It includes biographies and photographs of Retha Cobb, Wendy Freeman, Clara Giddens, Gina Jackson, Diane Nearing, Donna Rivers, Susan Smith, Tuwanna Thorton, Janice Williams, and Alcarcilus Shelton as well as many advertisements for local businesses.

List of Debutantes:


First Name Last Name Married name (1981) Parents Sponsor Escort Address Church School Planned College Planned Major Updates (1981)
Janice Marie Williams
Rev. and Mrs. James Thornton Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Griggs Paul Hursey, Jr. 807 N Fifth Street, C St. Luke C.M.E. University High/Centennial High University of Illinois Law and Psychiatry
Tuwanna Eulala Thornton
Rev. and Mrs. Hugh James Thornton Hugh James Thornton Tony Weatherspoon 807 N Fifth Street, C St. Luke C.M.E. Centennial High Parkland College Music and Drama
Susan Margaret Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Smith Earl E. Smith Sammie Britten 1302 Crispus Drive, C Salem Baptist Church Centennial High Southern Illinois University Communications graduated in 1979 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in family services; presently pursuing her M.A. in Media Communications at Governors State University and plans to work in public/community relations. She resides in Park Forest, IL.
Alcarcilus Christina Shelton Boodram Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shelton Albert Shelton Edward Sykes, Jr. 1803 S. Anderson, U Macedonia Baptist Church Urbana High University of Illinois Technical Physicist
Donna Kay Rivers Butts Mr. and Mrs. Allen A. Rivers, Jr. Allen A. Rivers, Jr. Eric Lewis 109 Stanage, C Bethel A.M.E. Church Central High n/a freelance writer attended Western Illinois University in Macomb for a year and a half. At WIU she majored in English and music and worked at the Black House. In 1975 she married Charles A. Butts, Sr.; they are presently residents of Champaign and they are the parents of two sons; presently employed by Unit School District #4 (Champaign) at Columbia School .as a teachers aide
Diane Carolyn Nearing
Mr. and Mrs. George Nearing George Nearing Thomas Ingram 2083C Orchard, U St. Luke C.M.E. Urbana Hampton Institute/Northern Illinois University Nursing
Gina Annette Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Giddens Edwin R. Giddens Randolph Johnson 1210 W. Eureka, U Mt. Olive Baptist Urbana n/a n/a attended the University of Illinois until 1976; became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; In 1976 joined the U.S. Army
Clara Mae Giddens Thorpe Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Giddens Oscar Giddens Edward Thorpe, Jr. 1203 N. Sixth, C Northside Church of Christ Centennial High Parkland College n/a attended Parkland College; in 1979 to marry her Cotillion escort, Edward Thorpe, Jr.; moved to Texas as he was enlisted in the armed services. After a year and a half away they have recently returned to Champaign
Wendy Paulette Freeman Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Freeman Frederick A. Freeman Raphael Harrison, Jr. 711 Tawney Ct., C Mt. Olive Baptist Centennial High Illinois State University Special Education
Retha Cobb
Mrs. Mamie Cobb Franklin Cobb Clarence Wilson 1211 W. Bradley, C n/a Central High Durham College, NC Law


25 May 1974





"3rd Annual Cotillion Ball (1974)," in Cotillion Yearbook Database, Item #28, http://eblackcu.net/cotillions/items/show/28 (accessed May 26, 2020).


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