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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Latoya Peterson tagged illinois

"The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has put the oral histories online through a partnership with the Springfield African American History Foundation. 

"State historian Tom Schwartz says the Lincoln Library is trying to tell the larger story of Illinois, not just the life of the 16th president. He says the oral histories help listeners understand the lives of African-Americans and the contributions they have made to Illinois." 

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Reynolds' comments came in response to a question about increasing the number of black and Latino students at the University of Illinois.

"'I've been in the city and the dichotomy of the women and the men in the minorities, there is a difference in the fact that most minority women, either the single parent or coming from a poor neighborhood, are motivated more so than the minority men,' he said. 'And it's a pretty good reason. Most of the women who are single parents have to find work to support their family. The minority men find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education. It's easier.'

"'We need to provide ways that are more incentive, other than just sports avenues, for the men for the minorities to want to go to college and get an education and better themselves before the women have to support them all.'

"The audience, which at that time numbered only about 25, seemed stunned."

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"In the film, Karen Boyd Beamon recalled the giddiness of her days at Emerson. 'My Saturday mornings were wonderful,' she said, “because I knew I was going to the Y.'

"For many black people, it took a long time before they were willing to step inside the larger Evanston Y.M.C.A., now known as the McGaw Y.M.C.A.

“'Sometimes I think people mistake hurt for anger,' said Ms. Holmes. 'And it’s not anger. It’s just hurt.'”

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