200 Years of African American Progress in Illinois, Elise F. Allen among those honored at “Honoring Our Heritage” Gala

The Springfield and Central Illinois African American Museum (AAHM) held its 7th Annual Gala, “Honoring Our Heritage” on October 25th. The theme, “200 Years of African American Progress in Illinois” is representative of the State’s Bicentennial activities as well as programs and exhibits commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King … Continue reading 200 Years of African American Progress in Illinois, Elise F. Allen among those honored at “Honoring Our Heritage” Gala

Bestowing Honor to a man of dignity: John Carlos By Cassiette West-Williams

It costs a very high price to be a political hero, an activist and freedom fighter in America. Sometimes the price to pay extends itself throughout one’s entire lifetime. People take sides, and you find yourself on your knees, digging dirt on the ground, just to feed your family. John Carlos and Tommie Smith will always … Continue reading Bestowing Honor to a man of dignity: John Carlos By Cassiette West-Williams

Illinois Black Chamber launches initiatives for Economic Opportunity By Lord Mic

As we Fall forward into the final quarter of 2018, the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce is focused on wrapping up the year stronger than ever. The Chamber is launching a number of initiatives which include business mixers, b2b networking workshops, holiday celebrations and more. Let’s begin by congratulating the people of Peoria and the … Continue reading Illinois Black Chamber launches initiatives for Economic Opportunity By Lord Mic

Peoria Branch NAACP held 56th Freedom Fund Banquet By Lorene King

The Peoria Branch of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People held its 56th Freedom Fund Banquet, on Saturday, October 27, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. President, Pastor Marvin Hightower invited all citizens to commit to a membership in the organization, and assist in advocating for equity goals in hiring, education, and success at the … Continue reading Peoria Branch NAACP held 56th Freedom Fund Banquet By Lorene King

Renaissance Woman Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs educates the masses with art, culture and political activism By Cassiette West-Williams

When planning to visit the DuSable Museum of African- American History (A Smithsonian Affiliate), one should allocate at least three hours to study and admire the stunning exhibit: South Side Stories: The Art & Influence of Margaret T. Burroughs (1917 - 2010). Her work covers two floors in the museum and has been graciously shared … Continue reading Renaissance Woman Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs educates the masses with art, culture and political activism By Cassiette West-Williams

Churches in Peoria and Trinidad and Tobago Celebrate 20 years of International Ministry

This year marks 20 years that five African-American churches in Peoria have been in a ministry partnership with 16 churches in the southeastern Caribbean.  The five Peoria churches are Star of Hope Full Gospel Church, Heaven's View Christian Fellowship Church, St. Paul Baptist Church, New Life Christian Church, and Greater City of Refuge Worship Cathedral.  … Continue reading Churches in Peoria and Trinidad and Tobago Celebrate 20 years of International Ministry

Peoria’s Connection to the Last Black Cargo By Pam Adams

The big story, of course, is the publication of “Barracoon” in May, almost 90 years after publishers rejected Zora Neale Hurston’s account of the man known as the last survivor of the last slave ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. That Cudjo Lewis remembered what it was like to be captured by other Africans and … Continue reading Peoria’s Connection to the Last Black Cargo By Pam Adams