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Communities of color battle with a loss of hope as they seek justice for the death of George Floyd, another Black man who died at the hands of a white police officer.

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During Tuesday’s debate between Normal Mayor Chris Koos and challenger Marc Tiritilli, the two candidates found themselves in a familiar place: The upcoming April 6 election marks the second time they've faced off.

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With law enforcement and civil rights groups at odds over qualified immunity protections in Illinois, the McLean County Board Justice Committee on Tuesday was set to consider a resolution to reinforce the police position.

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COVID vaccines are still in limited supply, but health officials fear many people still won't get a shot when it's available.

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Black leaders are working to build trust within a community that has shown skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines.

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UPDATED 5:00 P.M. | The Bloomington-Normal NAACP says the police response to the insurrection led by pro-Trump extremists on Wednesday shows the double standard that exists in law enforcement.

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Harper Joyner is 6 1/2 years old. Her mom, Tameka Thompson, is co-chair of Bloomington-Normal ACT-SO, an NAACP youth enrichment program for high school students.

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The Bloomington-Normal NAACP and the McLean County chapter of the League of Women Voters are teaming up to encourage the community to vote.

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Discussions about divesting from police departments continue across the nation in the wake of multiple shootings of Black Americans at the hands of white police officers this year.

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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.

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The Bloomington-Normal NAACP says Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his vice presidential nominee is more than historic.

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On Thursday night, the Bloomington-Normal chapter of the NAACP began its monthly town hall meeting with a sobering statistic.

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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.

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An annual Juneteenth celebration was revitalized in Bloomington-Normal last year, and organizers of this year’s online event urged the nearly 100 people participating via Zoom to commit to making sure the event continues.

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Both Bloomington and Normal’s mayors agree: To address systemic racism in the Twin Cities, start by investing in young people of color. 

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Recent looting in Bloomington-Normal and in many states since the death of George Floyd may have something in common with race riots of the 1960s.

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“You probably don’t know this, but a broken tail light is a black man’s biggest fear.”

Around the table, people were silent as Otis Evans Jr. described what it’s like to be a black man in America. 

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Heyworth business owner Tricia Braid said she was tired of scrolling through social media feeds and seeing many people doubting the media reports about the military use of tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors to clear Lafayette Plaza for the president to have a photo taken with the Bible.

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The crowd at Sunday’s racial justice rally in downtown Bloomington was huge and diverse—young and old, black and brown and white, veteran activists and first-timers.

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After a demonstration and injury of a marcher, dozens of demonstrators gathered Sunday night outside the McLean County sheriff's department on the west side of the Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington.

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Protesters shouted down police officials who tried to address a racial justice rally in Bloomington on Sunday, while several speakers said Bloomington-Normal is not immune from racism and that the next black man to die at the hands of a cop could happen here.

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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.

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Police chiefs for Normal, Bloomington and Illinois State University say they have not recorded any incidents of black residents being harassed for wearing masks in public.

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The Bloomington-Normal branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is speaking out against two recent high-profile killings of African Americans and calling for dialogue during a virtual town hall meeting next week.

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The president of Bloomington-Normal’s branch of the NAACP says the coronavirus is sending the community a message.

“Corona has told us: You’ve got to change,” said Linda Foster.

The early 1900s saw an influx of racism and discrimination in the Midwest, from anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, and anti-African American sentiment, to race riots in Springfield, Chicago, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Ku Klux Klan became a force in central Illinois. Segregation grew in Bloomington-Normal and what had been a thriving black middle class was gradually destroyed.

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The Bloomington-Normal NAACP is working to debunk misconceptions about the census and encourage all residents to be counted as the once-a-decade headcount moves online for the first time.

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Amid continuing police-involved shootings of black Americans and renewed focus on racism at Illinois State University, two local groups have teamed up to show solidarity—and make 50 kids very, very happy.

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Scholarship recipients from Central Illinois on Friday will hear from a leader of color who embodies the type of success that the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet wants to cultivate.

Linda Foster
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When Linda Foster moved to Bloomington-Normal in 1977, she noticed a lack of equal opportunity for minorities. Raised in a family of visionaries and problem solvers, Foster followed the same path and made bringing change a priority by joining the NAACP.

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