Despite the footnote it is given in most of our kids’ history books, the “racial” part of American history isn't a footnote to our heritage. The more deeply you read, the more you see American history and black history as inextricably linked.
American history IS black history. And vice versa. Read More
BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL — With racial tensions, protests and violence boiling over in cities like Ferguson and Charleston, some residents of Bloomington-Normal say the twin cities are not exempt from the ongoing national dialogue about race.
“We’re ‘grace away’ from being a Ferguson,” said Normal Town Council member Chemberly Cummings. “We have to be diligent as a community to make sure it does not happen.”
Cummings, who was elected as Normal’s first black Council member in 2017, expressed hope for the future, while noting there is work yet to do. “Whether it’s based off of race, age, gender, class—you need to feel like you have a place here.”
She added, “I do love the community. I feel like it has a lot of potential to do some wonderful things. It will never be perfect. No place ever is.” Read More
BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL — As more Bloomington-Normal residents opt to commute via bike, close calls with vehicle traffic are a scary, yet nearly unavoidable rite of passage for many cyclists.
Michael Gorman, a member of local bike advocacy group Bike BloNo, recalled an unsettling near miss earlier this year while riding his bike on East Washington Street. A Connect Transit city bus came up from behind, he said, but didn’t allow enough room when passing him.
“The bus driver decided to go as little into the left lane as needed in order to avoid me,” remembered Gorman. “The back corner of the bus almost hit me.” Read More
My heart is a bit twisted up this morning, but I want to do my best to share a piece of it with you today. Read More