I Returned in Their Honor: My visit to Ghana, Africa By Tamara Butler (Adwoa Sika), Public School Administrator

I spent my 2019 Christmas vacation in Ghana, Africa, for the observance of Year of the Return. It was a shared experience with many from the United States. The Ghanaian government invested in promoting Ghana for worldwide tourism and, in particular, extended an invitation to the African Diaspora to return “Home.” The year 2019 marked … Continue reading I Returned in Their Honor: My visit to Ghana, Africa By Tamara Butler (Adwoa Sika), Public School Administrator

ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY By Pam Adams

Growing up in Peoria, I barely remember a time we lived alone. There were my parents, my sisters, my brother, me, and always an older cousin or two fresh from Mississippi. This was the late 1950s, early 1960s. Sharing the house seemed normal, no matter how many rooms or how few. There was the big … Continue reading ORDINARY PEOPLE, EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY By Pam Adams

The Other Peoria By Spanky Edwards, Social Justice Engineer

In 1967 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech at Stanford University. The subject that he chose was “The Other America.” In this speech, Dr. King depicts one America that is beautiful and flows in milk and honey. This America has an overflow of resources and opportunities that maintains generational wealth for White … Continue reading The Other Peoria By Spanky Edwards, Social Justice Engineer

Family Traditions By Laraine Bryson

Black History Month is a reminder to honor our history as African Americans and to remember and honor our family traditions. Most African American families sacrificed much to insure the next generation had a better life, full of traditions, values, love and wealth. One of the traditions passed along in my family, was china and … Continue reading Family Traditions By Laraine Bryson

Dansby, Arkansas: Gone But Not Forgotten By Karen Hill Gallien

Have you ever heard of Dansby, Arkansas? If you were to do a Google search today, you wouldn’t find too much information. Dansby, Arkansas was a small community of former slaves and sharecroppers located in Lee County off of Rural Route 1. Although small in size, the people were loving and close. Everyone knew each … Continue reading Dansby, Arkansas: Gone But Not Forgotten By Karen Hill Gallien

Chasing An Unknown Destiny By Demario Boone Chief, School Safety Administrator, Peoria Public Schools

When I was a child, I always had issues with feeling lost. I had a mother that left me with my grandparents to be raised. She was 15 years old and dealing with substance abuse throughout her life. My father was also young, dealing with substance abuse and not in the picture. I had the … Continue reading Chasing An Unknown Destiny By Demario Boone Chief, School Safety Administrator, Peoria Public Schools