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Tiffani Jackson

Tiffani Jackson is a reporting intern at WGLT and a student at Illinois State University's School of Communication. She started working at WGLT in summer 2019.

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Miltonette Craig
Illinois State University

The Jacob Blake shooting has sparked an outcry across the country. When Illinois State University professor Miltonette Craig heard the news, she felt a sense of hopelessness.

Linda Foster gesture
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Moving forward with its advocacy for the civil and political rights of African Americans, the Bloomington-Normal chapter of the NAACP revealed its new strategic plan Sunday with an eye on reform.

Tiffany and Marland Easter
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Let’s admit it: Summer 2020 has been awful. (Thanks, COVID-19.) But some in Bloomington-Normal have managed to find bright spots in an otherwise dark summer. These are WGLT’s Best Things Of The Worst Summer.

Mike Jones poses
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As schools reopen and parents head back to work, one of Bloomington's most prominent nonprofit organizations is making a comeback as an ongoing refuge for local youths.

Group poses at Black lIberation event
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Standing in solidarity and using fine arts as the form of expression, a downtown Black Liberation Celebration brought people of all demographics together Saturday to support the African American community in a plea for justice among injustices taking place nationwide.

Dominique Stevenson
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A call for change echoed through the streets of Normal on Wednesday night. For parents, students, and teachers, that change should begin in schools.

Leaders on stage
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Teens and leaders of Bloomington-Normal gathered at McGraw Park on Saturday for a candlelight vigil to honor those whose lives were lost to police brutality.

Speaker at Bandstand
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The Black Lives Matter BloNo group held a public meeting Sunday that shared compassion and addressed some of the response to its list of policy demands.

People holding signs
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Bloomington-Normal Youth Activists along with 50 community members took to the streets in Downs on Wednesday to peacefully protest racism and police brutality.

Students outside Normal West
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The first day of Jasmyn Jordan’s sophomore year in high school was memorable. As she entered her history class at Normal West, she had her first racist experience.

People marching with signs
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After weeks of protesting for justice for black lives lost at the hands of police, commemorating the day that ended slavery meant a little more this year than others for some.

William speaks to a man
Ryan Denham / WGLT

With churches partially closed, social distancing still the norm, and racism becoming bolder by the day, maintaining a sound mind during a season of pain can be difficult for some.

Crowds holding signs
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More than 200 protesters gathered Monday night at Clearwater Park in east Bloomington and marched through nearby neighborhoods to speak out against racism.

Justin speaks
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

A peaceful demonstration led in part by high school students was interrupted Wednesday when an agitator deployed what authorities called a harmless “smoke device,” in at least the second attempt to intimidate protestors in the past four days.

Demonstrators hold signs
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More than 50 people marched through some of Bloomington’s more affluent neighborhoods Monday calling for justice and unity in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis.

Willy Hunter
Illinois State University

Illinois State University will play an even bigger role in making sure school districts with underserved students have access to top-tier K-12 STEM teachers, thanks to a new grant.

Minnesote protesters hold sign
John Minchillo / AP

As police made their first arrest in the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Bloomington-Normal branch of the NAACP said it is imperative to be on the battlefield for justice.

Markus Brooks
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This spring, college seniors across the country have faced a graduation experience like never before. For Markus Brooks of Bloomington, his support system helped him push through.

Jordan Holmes
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University leaders across the country face a difficult decision in the coming weeks about whether they can safely reopen their campuses in the fall.

If the answer is no, college students will have a choice of their own.

Craig Lee
Courtesy / Craig Lee

With schools closed and gatherings prohibited, one District 87 teacher is taking advantage of being able to connect with students in a unique way.

Joe Rosel
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With healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment has become vital to keep them safe. While masks are one of the most important tools used for protection, wearing one for long hours in a hot environment can cause extreme skin irritation.

Women at event
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When Memuna Lee moved to Bloomington-Normal in 2008, she felt out of place.

Kyana and Bridgetta
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Kyana Wilkinson says it’s a scary time to be a nurse.

Woman shakes Dietz's hand
Illinois State University

Illinois State University’s graduating seniors are grappling with a double dose of bad news this week: They won’t be able to finish out their final semester on campus, and they’re now entering a job market that’s a lot shakier than it was a few weeks ago.

Janessa and Linda
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Four years ago, black voter turnout declined in the U.S. for the first time in 20 years for a presidential election. Aiming to make a comeback starting with Tuesday’s primary, black voters in Bloomington-Normal say they’re adamant about educating themselves on the issues, hoping to make strategic selections that will result in progressive policymaking in the future.

Christian Johnson and Tatiana Walker
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Discovering your true identity is one of life's greatest quests. History plays a role in connecting the dots, but for African American students, the lack of information taught on their culture could leave some starving for a sense of self.

Eugenia Cheng with Colbert
YouTube

While playing a game of superheroes with her best friend at 7 years old, Eugenia Cheng had one of her first introductions to gender roles.

Arthur and Laurie pose
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The West Market Street Council has taken another step toward ending the food desert in west Bloomington by revealing preliminary architectural drawings of its new grocery store and plaza.

Angela Rye speaks
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With an unapologetic call to action, political strategist Angela Rye urged the crowd at Friday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner at Illinois State University to stop talking about his legacy, and be about it.

Two Bloomington-Normal teenagers will be awarded for their commitment to making the town a better place at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

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