Poet Richard Blanco with President Obama
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
April 07, 2015

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco On Identity, Art And Fame

Richard Blanco likes to say that he was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States. The writer served as the country's fifth inaugural poet at President Obama's 2013 inauguration – an assignment that forced him to confront some long-standing questions about his own identity. 


Champaign Centennial High School
(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)
April 01, 2015

Students In December Protest Involved In ‘Restorative’ Talk

Sunday's conversation that included students, parents, and public officials was the decision of State's Attorney Julia Rietz, rather than charging anyone with a crime.  The 'Black Lives Matter' protest occured outside Champaign Centennial High School Dec. 4th.


Anita Hill is interviewed at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
March 16, 2015

Anita Hill Cancels U of I Appearance Over Salaita Lawsuit

Hill was to have given the keynote address at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy conference next month at the Urbana campus. She was also scheduled to give a lecture.


Former Negro Leaguer and Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso stands during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers in August 2013.
(AP Photo/David Banks, File)
March 01, 2015

White Sox Legend Minoso Dead At 90

Five weeks after the passing of Ernie Banks (the first black player with the Cubs), Minnie Minoso, who broke Chicago's color line with the White Sox, died Sunday morning.  The team says he was 90.


cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on stage
Devyn Tammons/WILL
February 19, 2015

Central High Adds Twist To ‘Mockingbird’

If you've read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, you know it's a story that centers largely on issues of race and justice. Those are themes that continue to resonate today. So, when Champaign's Central High School decided to stage a performance of Harper Lee's novel, they added a modern twist. This weekend, students will perform two versions of the play; one with a traditional cast, the other with the races of the major characters reversed.


Screenshot of video showing a car driving through a student rally outside Centennial High School.
(You Tube)
January 28, 2015

No Charges To Be Filed In Champaign Centennial Protest Incident

A car windshield was broken when students participating in December's 'die-in' took to the street.  State's Attorney Julia Rietz suggests instead that the school district resolve it through 'mediation and community education.'


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