The Youth Council received the Organizer of the Year Award during the convention, and Youth Council President Bradley Ross Jackson received the Mr. Medgar Evers Award for youth creative writing.
The sky was free of clouds and hundreds were feeling the freedom at Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration at Bloomington’s Miller Park.
Young Black scholars from the Twin Cities were celebrated Saturday at an Umoja ceremony held on the Illinois State University campus.
Ida B. Wells was born into slavery in 1862 and was actively involved in exposing racism in the U.S., writing about race and politics in the South.
A new organization is going public about its plans to restore the site of a 19th century barbershop into Illinois' first voting rights museum.
Colorful street signs with the names of Black men who left a lasting impact on the Springfield community and a mural featuring a roadmap of the area's history can now be seen from the sidewalk at the corner of Eighth and Cook streets.
Annette Nance-Holt will take over a fire department with a history of racism and sexism. She joined the department four years after the first women joined the ranks.
Illinois government offices will be closed Friday in a nod to a new federal law, making Juneteenth an official holiday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday.
The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project is hosting a weeklong virtual celebration of Juneteenth, from June 14 to June 19.
A Black teenager whose death along a segregated Chicago beach sparked a weeklong race riot in 1919 that left dozens of people dead is finally getting a grave marker.
Juneteenth commemorates the date in 1865 when the last enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned from Union soldiers in Texas that they were free, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
Educators have heard a demand from students for fuller Black history lessons beyond what was already offered. Lawmakers and states have passed or begun implementing more inclusive instruction.
The proposal would designate the neighborhood as a National Heritage Area and pump $10 million into preserving its remaining buildings and traditions. Such areas are maintained by community organizations with assistance from the National Park Service.
A Mississippi institution is receiving a grant to advance its work in teaching people about the legacy of Emmett Till, a Black teenager from Chicago whose lynching by white people in Mississippi in 1955 spurred the civil rights movement.
During the past three and half decades, Rep. Mary Flowers — who in January became the longest-serving African American lawmaker in the Illinois General Assembly’s history — has fought to pass health care reform and advocate for groups marginalized by systemic racism.
Louisville Tourism announced that the city will offer new programs to celebrate the Black American contribution to Louisville’s history and culture. “Although these leisure tourism experiences began two years ago as an effort to curate the rich cultural assets involving Louisville’s Black history and heritage, they are coming to fruition at a very timely moment, on the heels of a national ...
The 218-page omnibus education bill call for revised social studies learning standards that are “inclusive and reflective of all individuals in this country.”
Aaron Pearl-Cropp, a City of Springfield Public Works employee and a collector of civil rights memorabilia, has a museum-quality collection of photographs, buttons, magazine covers and other memorabilia in the basement of his home.
Bookstores are experiencing a surge of interest in books about Black history, racism and social justice. Here’s a list of titles for those who want to learn more.
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