THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… The Passing of the Torch By Sherry Cannon

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me.  And before I'll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free. The year 2020 has been one for the books. We are in the midst of a pandemic, that disproportionately affects Black people. There have been police … Continue reading THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… The Passing of the Torch By Sherry Cannon

My Summer with C.T. By Spanky F. Edwards

In 2013, the summer before my senior year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, then President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). That year I was invited to attend the 12th Annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute at the University of Rhode … Continue reading My Summer with C.T. By Spanky F. Edwards

C.T. Vivian passes the torch By Bill Knight

Ten years ago, the Rev. C.T. Vivian gave a presentation at Western Illinois University, where I worked, and said, “I never would have been who I was if not for Macomb, Illinois.” In a conversation two years later, I asked him about that comment. He smiled and said, “You can come from almost anywhere and … Continue reading C.T. Vivian passes the torch By Bill Knight

The Smo-King Pit: One Heavenly BBQ Experience By Candy Webb

Restaurants have truly suffered through our historic 2020 pandemic. I took the time to drop in on one of Peoria’s more established eateries to see how things were faring for them. Happily, I found this gem a bit busier than most of the others I’d visited. Of course, there was a reason for that – … Continue reading The Smo-King Pit: One Heavenly BBQ Experience By Candy Webb

For Aden− The Big White House on the Corner By Angela Allen Henry

Come sit a while on the old porch swing, And we’ll listen intently as the Cardinals sing, We’ll whistle back to the beautiful sound, And hear the melody echoing all around. At the big white house on the corner. As we glide back and forth on that old porch swing, We’ll sing and talk about … Continue reading For Aden− The Big White House on the Corner By Angela Allen Henry

A Teachable Moment from Rev. C.T. Vivian – Never let any person intimidate you! By Reverend Larry Williams

Reverend Larry Williams I met Reverend C.T. Vivian in 1956 when I started marching in protests for equality and voting rights for brothers and sisters across America. At eight years of age, I vividly remember the death of Emmett Till and the great Rosa Parks refusing to get out of the seat in Montgomery, Alabama. I … Continue reading A Teachable Moment from Rev. C.T. Vivian – Never let any person intimidate you! By Reverend Larry Williams

“Less Than 1%” | The Other Pandemic pt. 2 By Lord Mic

Black America is in an absolute economic State of Emergency! To not immediately acknowledge then address the inevitable and impending collapse of Black communities is not just naive but outright thickheaded...bordering on recklessly irresponsible, considering the power we have to change it. “Less Than 1%” is the literal space where Black businesses and communities are … Continue reading “Less Than 1%” | The Other Pandemic pt. 2 By Lord Mic