The Most Profound Author in America makes her Transition to Our Ancestors: Reflecting on Toni Morrison’s Legacy and Library By Cassiette West-Williams

I have not kept count of how many times I have read and reread Toni Morrison’s 1973 Midwest based Novel, Sula, but after 4o years, that beautiful, sultry bold woman never lost her spark. Much like the author, Morrison, Sula carved out a life of her own, soaring above any adversity that she had to … Continue reading The Most Profound Author in America makes her Transition to Our Ancestors: Reflecting on Toni Morrison’s Legacy and Library By Cassiette West-Williams

The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Pi Omega Chapter will present “A Tribute to the Arts: A Gospel Musical” on September 13, 2019

The public is invited to come enjoy a fantastic evening of food, fellowship and entertainment on Friday, September 13, 2019.This event takes place at 6:30pm at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront and will pay tribute to Gospel music and musicians. Proceeds from this event will help with scholarships given to Peoria area college … Continue reading The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Pi Omega Chapter will present “A Tribute to the Arts: A Gospel Musical” on September 13, 2019

Obedience to God Led Principal Dumas to Lifelong Success in Education By Cassiette West-Williams

In recent years, some retiring educators are anxious to leave the building and often take an "early" retirement to exit the school system. That would include charter, private, public and religious schools, especially if they are elementary institutions.  Many of today's schools have very young parents', very unruly and unprepared children, and very young staff members who … Continue reading Obedience to God Led Principal Dumas to Lifelong Success in Education By Cassiette West-Williams

State Senator David Koehler and Nora Sullivan 2019 Love in Action Honorees September 5, 2019

Common Place Family Learning Center will recognize State Senator David Koehler and Nora Sullivan as the 2019 Love in Action Honorees on September 5th at The Warehouse on State, from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.  This event is the organization’s annual fundraiser and an opportunity to recognize individuals who have “gone above and beyond” in reaching … Continue reading State Senator David Koehler and Nora Sullivan 2019 Love in Action Honorees September 5, 2019

Alecia Collins to bring her debut novel, Don’t Judge Me, I’m Only Human to the Stage By Molly Crusen-Bishop

Alecia Collins Alecia Collins will be bringing her debut novel, Don’t Judge Me, I’m Only Human to the stage at the Apollo Theater on October 11&12. Her book tells the story of her challenging youth here in Peoria, as the African American daughter of a single mom, and how she grows to become a successful … Continue reading Alecia Collins to bring her debut novel, Don’t Judge Me, I’m Only Human to the Stage By Molly Crusen-Bishop

What is Pride to Me By Alexander Martin, Outreach Coordinator, Central Illinois Friends

As I write this article Peoria is approaching its first River City Pride Fest. With the festivities celebrating the diversity and inclusiveness, I have been thinking about pride. Pride in my community, pride in my identity, and celebrating these parts of myself. As a queer man of color I am at the intersection of two … Continue reading What is Pride to Me By Alexander Martin, Outreach Coordinator, Central Illinois Friends