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Elise Allen and The Traveler Weekly Receive Proclamation from City of Peoria During Black History Month

Elise Allen and The Traveler Weekly

Rev. Carol Allen-Adams and Angela Henry, Managing Editor of The Traveler Weekly, receive a proclamation from Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis as Councilman Eric Turner looks on.

On February 24, 2015, Elise Allen/ The Traveler Weekly newspaper received a proclamation from the City of Peoria. After reading the proclamation, Mayor Jim Ardis stated, “It’s kind of hard to put into words how incredible it is to have a leader like this in our community who put the word so profoundly that probably have more impact on us today than ever have in the history of our country.”

Councilman Eric Turner said, “This is really an honor for me to be involved in this proclamation. This is true history.  These are people who are connected way back to the father of our country.  This family has done so much for this community.  Ever since I was a young kid I remember people throughout this community talking about all the things this family has done and continue to do for this community.”

Angela Henry, managing editor and daughter of Elise Allen says, “We are honored, proud to be able to say we have served the Peoria area since 1966.  “The Traveler Weekly newspaper was started in 1966 as single 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper with local news items and Elise Allen’s editorials.

It was a spinoff publication from her husband James O. Allen’s business, the Traveler Printing and Publishing Company.  Elise Ford Allen wanted The Traveler Weekly to focus on African-American issues, concerns, and accomplishments and it gave her a vehicle to voice her thoughts and concerns.

The newspaper continues to focus on the true principles of democracy and to keep it a living reality to all Americans, without regard to race, color or creed.  For five decades The Traveler has remained an important and influential voice for freedom and equality by provoking a positive dialogue and a forum for change.