Instilling Education from my Ancestors By Cassiette West-Williams

When my late mother talked about her father, it was with sadness and a fondness for what he did. My late grandfather was Robert Boney, and I never met him. He died from the flu in 1940, when my mother was eight-years-old. I have never seen his birth certificate, but I do have the wedding … Continue reading Instilling Education from my Ancestors By Cassiette West-Williams

If Only I had Known The Details by Elijah Thorne Sansom

Updated 20200312 We tend to become more interest in our parents history as we get older when the knowledge would have been more helpful when we were younger! My father served in Burma during the war and i had no idea about the conditions and significance of his service. My father Elijah Sansom (1920-1995) was … Continue reading If Only I had Known The Details by Elijah Thorne Sansom

My Grandma’s Prayers By Sherry Cannon

Geneva Walker Green Geneva Walker Green, my maternal grandmother, was born on December 12, 1899, in Eolia, Missouri, to James and Ella Turner Walker. She died on December 9, 1987, three days before her 88th birthday. Grandma Geneva Green was the only grandparent I knew; her husband, grandpa Earl Green, died on August 26, 1955, … Continue reading My Grandma’s Prayers By Sherry Cannon

My Ancestors Were Counted in the Census By Cheryll Boswell

A recent job posting about census-taking got me thinking about what's at stake if we don't complete this survey. Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States be counted. The reason for this count is to ensure fair representation of federal and state funding. Economic improvement for declining … Continue reading My Ancestors Were Counted in the Census By Cheryll Boswell

My Black History Hero By Larry D. Ivory, President/CEO ISBCC

In reference to Black History Month, I want to share with you someone who has greatly impacted my life and the Peoria community - my father, Pastor Jeffery Ivory, Sr. Rev. Ivory was the Pastor of Grace Baptist Church for 40 years. Under his leadership and direction, the church grew to over 800 members. Pastor … Continue reading My Black History Hero By Larry D. Ivory, President/CEO ISBCC