Understanding the Reason for Celebrating Black History Month By Robin Carter

Believe it, or not this celebration has been a negative subject from other races including blacks as well. Some believe that it is not fair to recognize an entire month to a particular group of people. Others agree that we should celebrate Black history throughout the entire year as one month is not merely enough. … Continue reading Understanding the Reason for Celebrating Black History Month By Robin Carter

Deep Denial – The Struggle Continues…… By Sherry Cannon

One of the most compelling talks about race I’ve ever heard was given by David Billings, who spoke recently at Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on Bradley University’s campus. Billings is an anti-racist trainer and organizer with the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond. Looking at this diminutive, gray-headed white man, I was not prepared for the … Continue reading Deep Denial – The Struggle Continues…… By Sherry Cannon

The Right One By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

Matthew 11:3 “Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” In 1991, the great Ray Charles polarized television ad campaigning with a catchy, unforgettable jingle. Having gone through several decades of war with the Coca Cola Company “teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony,” Pepsi needed something … Continue reading The Right One By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

The Civil Rights Legacy Of The Black Athlete By Mark Hollis

February celebrates the many contributions made by African Americans throughout the course of history in America. These noteworthy individuals have taken a stance against the injustices associated with racism and bigotry. Historically, some of the more celebrated voices have been our greatest athletes like Muhammad Ali, Althea Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Alice Coachman, Art Powell, and … Continue reading The Civil Rights Legacy Of The Black Athlete By Mark Hollis

Syringe-Exchange Programs Are Part of Effective HIV Prevention By Chris Wade, Program Coordinator/ADAP Enrollment Specialist, Illinois Public Health Association – HIV Care Connect

February 7, 2018 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. There is much to celebrate in the scientific battle to understand and fight HIV. Antiretroviral therapy has made HIV a treatable and livable condition. Clinical trials are currently testing antibodies to the virus that may soon produce a vaccine. But even with increasing biomedical knowledge of … Continue reading Syringe-Exchange Programs Are Part of Effective HIV Prevention By Chris Wade, Program Coordinator/ADAP Enrollment Specialist, Illinois Public Health Association – HIV Care Connect

Reclaiming our Past… By Mae Catherine Godhigh

What in the world do you want? Again, I am so glad you asked. For centuries this question has been asked by European immigrants concerning people of color. This question continues to be raised in town halls, city halls and at community tables. What do you want? Slavery is over! I didn’t own any slaves. … Continue reading Reclaiming our Past… By Mae Catherine Godhigh

Neighborhoods Should Not be the Blame for Kroger Closing By Cheryll Boswell

The closing of Kroger stores in Peoria happened just four months after Kroger launched its national Moonshot Initiative to end hunger in the communities it calls home. Their CEO said in a press release last September, “no family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate … Continue reading Neighborhoods Should Not be the Blame for Kroger Closing By Cheryll Boswell