Sisterhood and Legends Luncheon: A Celebration of Empowerment, Enthusiasm, and Energy By Dr. Francesca A. Armmer

  As the Women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Peoria Alumnae Chapter approached the Third Annual Sisterhood and Legends Luncheon the weather was repeated cycles of rain, snow, sleet, and ice. And yet on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the George Washington Carver Center, this ground breaking celebration was held with a near capacity … Continue reading Sisterhood and Legends Luncheon: A Celebration of Empowerment, Enthusiasm, and Energy By Dr. Francesca A. Armmer

Angela Henry among Five Honorees at Illinois Department of Human Rights Luncheon By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

On March 28, 2018 the Illinois Department of Human Rights celebrated the positive impacts women have made in Illinois and reflected on how they can continue to promote fairness and equality for women and fight discrimination. At their Women’s Day Luncheon, IDHR honored five incredible women for Women’s History Month. These five women have excelled … Continue reading Angela Henry among Five Honorees at Illinois Department of Human Rights Luncheon By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

State of Illinois honor trailblazing women

Women’s History Month celebration part of statewide Fairness and Equality Campaign Left to Right: Rhonda Carter Adams, Commissioner Jefferies, Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, Governor Bruce Rauner, Jimena Lopez, Angela Henry, Cori Rutherford, Janice Glenn, Dr. Sharon Kherat , and Larry Ivory EAST PEORIA – Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and the … Continue reading State of Illinois honor trailblazing women

Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy in 2018 By Cassiette West-Williams

It is NOT business as usual, said the Chicago Catholic priest, who was invited to be the keynote speaker at the New National Civil Rights Museum, formerly known as the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. As the week-long Commemorative Program remembered Dr. Martin Luther King’s April 4, 1968 assassination, Rev. Michael Pfleger cautioned his audiences … Continue reading Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy in 2018 By Cassiette West-Williams

Black to the Future – Living by Omission By Molly Crusen Bishop

Peoria, Illinois is right in the middle of the Midwest, and a good representative of how so much African American history of local, state, and national significance has been omitted and hidden from us all. Our past as a city in a free state was filled with many of the ills of slavery and injustice. … Continue reading Black to the Future – Living by Omission By Molly Crusen Bishop

Remembering Ebony Magazine’s Writer and Historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. By Cassiette West-Williams

There was a book that my mother had in our living room, in the “you better not touch this” section. Not only did I sneak around to touch it, but I began reading it and taking mental notes. The book was “Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America” written by Mississippi’s native Ebony magazine’s … Continue reading Remembering Ebony Magazine’s Writer and Historian Lerone Bennett, Jr. By Cassiette West-Williams

AAHFM Continues to Highlight African American Achievements

The African American Hall of Fame held the 30th Annual Red, Black, and Green Ball on Saturday, February 24 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  The mission of the organization is to educate through the preservation and promotion of art, history and artifacts that highlight African American achievements in our community and beyond.  This year's ball … Continue reading AAHFM Continues to Highlight African American Achievements