On March 28, 2018 the Illinois Department of Human Rights celebrated the positive impacts women have made in Illinois and reflected on how they can continue to promote fairness and equality for women and fight discrimination. At their Women’s Day Luncheon, IDHR honored five incredible women for Women’s History Month. These five women have excelled in their individual fields over successful tenures, and have made the Central Illinois community a better place through their philanthropy and outreach.
Among those honored was our esteemed Managing Editor, Angela Henry. Angela’s pedigree far exceeds her humble stature. The Traveler Weekly Newspaper originally began in 1966, by Elise F. Allen, Angela’s mother, and the Traveler Printing and Publishing Company. From a single 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper with local news items and Allen’s editorials to a full-time contributing staff of over 25, Angela has made her mother and us all so very proud.
Elise F. Allen was also recognized as the first African-American woman in Illinois to edit and publish a newspaper. She felt that the city of Peoria needed a newspaper that focused on African-American issues, concerns, and accomplishments. Now having earned over a dozen awards in the field of excellence in journalism, Angela leads the way in keeping the vision and integrity of the Traveler Weekly a strong pillar of the Central Illinois Community. Angela, we honor you and your incredible legacy. We all gleam with pride at the beacon that you are in this community, and in our lives.
Cleo Dailey, III is a minister, freelance writer, and author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology in Peoria, IL.