Black Lives Matter: Champaign-Urbana

Engaging in collective action against anti-Black racism in Champaign-Urbana


April 2016

Echoes Of Emmett: Teen Public Showcase 05/08/16

The Echoes of Emmett The Teen Public Showcase brings together middle through high school aged students from across the community around the themes that are present in the Emmett Till story so that their voices are heard through the art they create. The Echoes of Emmett workshops are a collaboration between local teens with the most vibrant local artists, painters, performance artists, rappers, film producers, professors, teachers, African American historians and Black Lives Matter activists to create works to be showcased to the larger community.

Our Deepest Condolences to The Gibson Family

Black Lives Matter-CU mourns the loss of 24-year-old Ashley Gibson whose life was brutally taken–leaving her two sons Demari and Levi without a mother. She was known for her loving, sunny personality that will be remembered and gravely missed.

A candle light vigil will be held in memory of Ashley, April 29th 6:00PM, at the Church of Living God (1109 N. 4th street Champaign).

GoFundMe: Ashley Gibson Memorial Service

Benefit Show: Ashley Gibson Benefit Show hosted by The Accord

News Report: Ashley Gibson’s Family is Mourning her Death (address is incorrect for candle vigil in this news report)


People’s Potluck with Rep. Carol Ammons 04/30/16

People’s Agenda, a collaborative gathering of local organizers and groups, will be having a potluck to discuss reviewing all the boards and commissions in Champaign County, seats up for election/reelection in November, previous progressive political success in Champaign-Urbana, and continuing to work on building a solid progressive foundation

When: Saturday, April 30 at 4pm CT 

Where: Independent Media Center, Sun Room, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL

Communication and Racial Microaggressions: The Language of Exclusion and the Role of Technology in Increasing a Sense of Belonging

Host: Dr. Ruby Mendenhall

When: Friday, April 29 at 3pm CT

Where: Lincoln Hall 1002, 702 S. Wright St, Urbana

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