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Christa Platt standing in front of her office
Illinois State University

Diversity advocates on the Illinois State University campus say one annual conference isn't enough to address inequities and racial understanding on campus.

mosaic of Ida B. Wells
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Journalism is the first rough draft of history. In newsrooms across the country, that first draft has historically been written mostly by white men.

Bloomington police car
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Months after a Bloomington police officer was involved in a racially-charged dispute, the City of Bloomington has released officer body camera footage of the incident.

Kamala Harris looks up
Carolyn Kaster / AP

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

Art Taylor speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

A Bloomington couple known for their community involvement say a weekend encounter with police and a seemingly hostile neighbor shows Bloomington-Normal still has plenty of work to do to bridge the racial divide.

Slide on a computer screen showing Abraham Lincoln, a proclamation, and newspaper headlines and stories
Colleen Reynlds / WGLT

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.

Police march in Uptown
Willis Kern / WGLT

Frustrated and disgusted by the events surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last month, Normal Police Department third-shift officer Jasmine Johnson went to her chief and asked for a show of department solidarity with protesters.

Tari speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said he was pushed to the ground and a man tried to hit him with his fist near Kohl’s about 10:30 p.m. Monday. Renner said he had tried to engage a group of people in dialogue.

Sheriff leans into conversation with demonstrators.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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.

1937 NFL championship at Wrigley Field
AP file photo

A sports historian said a Normal native's nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame nearly a century after he helped break the NFL's color barrier shows the league hasn't fully reckoned with the racism that's plagued it for generations.

Man stands in front of GLT logo.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Education researcher and Illinois State University professor Charles Bell said that the difference in school discipline given to white and black students can lead to a minority exodus from certain districts.

Tari Renner gestures
Staff / WGLT

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.