Rita Ali Announces Candidacy For Mayor Of Peoria

At-Large City Council Member, Rita Ali, announced her candidacy for Mayor of Peoria on Tuesday, September 1st at a press conference held at her home. Following is her speech in its entirety: Good morning everyone. I’m Rita Ali, an At-Large member of Peoria City Council and life-long resident and public servant of Peoria. I want … Continue reading Rita Ali Announces Candidacy For Mayor Of Peoria

NY Times Bestselling Author Tells Untold Story of Two Lives, Two Deaths, and the Movement that Changed America in “JIMMIE LEE & JAMES”

It was the killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson that provoked the march from Selma to Montgomery. It was his death and his blood that gave us the Voting Rights Act of 1965." ––Congressman John Lewis on Jimmie Lee Jackson The 1965 murders of two civil rights activists––Jimmie Lee Jackson and James Reeb––ignited the now historic … Continue reading NY Times Bestselling Author Tells Untold Story of Two Lives, Two Deaths, and the Movement that Changed America in “JIMMIE LEE & JAMES”

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… The Passing of the Torch By Sherry Cannon

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me.  And before I'll be a slave, I’ll be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free. The year 2020 has been one for the books. We are in the midst of a pandemic, that disproportionately affects Black people. There have been police … Continue reading THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… The Passing of the Torch By Sherry Cannon

My Summer with C.T. By Spanky F. Edwards

In 2013, the summer before my senior year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, then President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). That year I was invited to attend the 12th Annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute at the University of Rhode … Continue reading My Summer with C.T. By Spanky F. Edwards

For Aden− The Big White House on the Corner By Angela Allen Henry

Come sit a while on the old porch swing, And we’ll listen intently as the Cardinals sing, We’ll whistle back to the beautiful sound, And hear the melody echoing all around. At the big white house on the corner. As we glide back and forth on that old porch swing, We’ll sing and talk about … Continue reading For Aden− The Big White House on the Corner By Angela Allen Henry

A Teachable Moment from Rev. C.T. Vivian – Never let any person intimidate you! By Reverend Larry Williams

Reverend Larry Williams I met Reverend C.T. Vivian in 1956 when I started marching in protests for equality and voting rights for brothers and sisters across America. At eight years of age, I vividly remember the death of Emmett Till and the great Rosa Parks refusing to get out of the seat in Montgomery, Alabama. I … Continue reading A Teachable Moment from Rev. C.T. Vivian – Never let any person intimidate you! By Reverend Larry Williams