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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.

Ruth Handler with a barbie
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You never forget your favorite toy or board game from when you were a kid. But those who invent those toys and games are often forgotten to time. Especially the women.

picture of a board of trustees meeting
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Illinois State University trustees on Friday approved nearly $18 million in spending on various projects and a 12.8% performance bonus for President Larry Dietz.

Doris Houston
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The president of Illinois State University has created a new high-level position to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts. President Larry Dietz said Professor Doris Houston is the new interim assistant to the president in that area.

Director David Prete
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The words “I was there” resound through Ike Holter’s play “Hit the Wall.”  

Redbird Arena
ISU Athletics

Illinois State University Athletics will host its first Pride Night to support students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

Exterior of SF Hall of Business
Illinois State University

A tenured professor at Illinois State University claimed in a new sex-discrimination lawsuit that she’s unfairly making less than her male peers and was threatened with retaliation for raising her concerns.

Four young girls in dark and light blue dresses dance with outstretched arms
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A gathering at Wayman AME Church on West Olive Street in Bloomington was more than a service. It was a Latin American celebration of traditions associated with the feast of the Epiphany.

Sheila Diaz, left, and Robin Landry
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On a day off from his 70-hour work week, David Cruz met with a tutor who helps him with language skills he hopes will bring him closer to his dream of a better job and U.S. citizenship.

Soledad O'Brien
Keppler Speakers

Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, the guest speaker for Illinois State University's Latino Cultural Dinner next month, said many of her journalism colleagues struggle with reporting on diversity issues.

Merlin Kennedy
Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home

One of Bloomington-Normal most notable civil rights leaders, Merlin Kennedy, has died.

NPR's Korva Coleman On Diversity In Media

Oct 18, 2019
NPR's Korva Coleman speaks
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After nearly 30 years, NPR newscaster Korva Coleman thinks public media has taken great strides towards creating a more diverse workforce.

Students at ISU meeting
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After meeting for the first time this week, Illinois State University administrators and the Black Homecoming Committee are moving toward a plan to address alleged antiblackness on campus.

Student holds AntiBlackISU sign
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Black student leaders pushed back Friday against the Illinois State University administration’s response to concerns about on-campus discrimination, calling it a “slap in the face” and demanding more protections from “antiblackness.”

Kyana and Bridgetta
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Race and healthcare have a dark history together.

The 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis experiment is perhaps the most infamous example, when over 100 innocent black men were infected with the disease and died from its effects.

Student holds AntiBlackISU sign
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A top official at Illinois State University said Tuesday that the administration is taking seriously the concerns of black students who are demanding better treatment of minority-led student organizations and other changes.

Miltonette Craig speaks
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The Town of Normal is in the middle of its first annual Daring Diversity: A Racial Equity Summit. Day 1 of the conference included speakers who defined and traced the roots of racism.

Outside of the building
Illinois State University

By this time next year, Illinois State University's new multicultural center should be open for business.

Linda Foster
Tiffani Jackson

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.

Dortch walks in
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Thomas Dortch Jr., a community activist and national chairman of the 100 Black Men of America organization, brought his call for unity to Bloomington as he made a guest appearance at the local chapter’s 10th annual excellence gala.

Jada Turner, President Samiat Solebo, and Chief of Staff Hannah Woody.
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Illinois State University is seeing a spike in female students applying for student government positions. The student body administration say it’s likely a result of the university’s first all-female leadership team.

Kids pose with certificates
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When Alicia Lenard heard about an award ceremony for minority students in Bloomington-Normal, she made sure her fifth-grader, Christina, was there.

"End Gun Violence" T-shirt hangs at event
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In 2018, nine gun-related homicides happened in Bloomington-Normal. All the victims were people of color, and seven were black.

Woman with microphnoe and kids holding signs behind her
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Isaac Hollis strutted his way up the steps of the McLean County Museum of History on Saturday in 4-inch, patent leather, thigh-high boots.

“So before I get started, can I get everybody to give me their best yazzzzz?"

Tari Renner gestures
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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Wednesday that his comment about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas not behaving “like someone who is African-American” was a poor choice of words.

Women and members of underrepresented groups are at a disadvantage in STEM fields across the globe.

Heartland Truck Driving Training Student Holli Hays
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The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is short at least 50,000 drivers nationwide. The association estimates that number could triple by 2024 as older drivers retire.

Illinois’s new $15 minimum wage law doesn’t guarantee better pay for workers with disabilities. An exemption in federal labor law still allows some employers to pay them less.

Sara Darrow
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A former county and federal prosecutor from the Quad Cities is now the first woman to become the chief federal judge for central Illinois.

Native American with placcard.
Kenn Little

Kenn Little takes aim at misrepresentation of Native Americans in the new documentary, “More Than a Word.”

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