Juneteenth celebration like never before

BY SHERRY CARTER-ALLEN On Saturday, June 22, the Martin Luther King Jr Park gave birth to a Juneteenth celebration like never before! It was the NAACP Peoria Branch 5th Annual Community Outreach — entitled the “NAACP Peoria Branch Juneteenth Family Reunion Celebration!” Despite the challenges that face our community, this was a day of commemoration, …

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Romain Arts & Culture Community Center opens its doors

  The Romain Arts & Culture Community Center opened Friday before a crowd of hundreds including local and state politicians, educators, artists, school children and members of the public. PHOTO TO RIGHT: Nikki Romain uses ceremonial scissors to cut the ribbon, opening the community center after more than three years of work. Her husband Jonathon …

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Peoria’s Civil War monument restoration recognizes universal community sacrifice

  The Civil War bitterly divided the United States along regional and racial lines. A stronger, unifying force calling for healing and unity was recognized at a ceremony in late June in Springdale Cemetery. The occasion was a restoration project moving and repairing Peoria’s 153-year-old Civil War memorial. Unlike memorials to “The Lost Cause” celebrating …

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Peoria/Pekin Bowl-a-thon Supporting Illinois Abortion Access

Peoria Democratic Socialists of America are sponsoring a bowl-a-thon from 3 to 5 p.m. May 4 at Roxy’s Lanes, 114 N. 3rd St., Pekin to support reproductive rights and make abortion more accessible in the state of Illinois. Money raised will go to the Chicago Abortion Fund which provides financial assistance for anyone, Illinois residents and …

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MLK Day Awards

For Immediate Release                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: January 21, 2019                                            Rita Ali, Chair, (309) 256-3300   Judy Page Receives MLK Commemorative Service Leadership Award The King Holiday Committee of Peoria presented its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service Leadership Award and MLK Drum Major Awards at the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, …

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