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CityLink Celebrates Black History Month with Annual Program at Transit Center

CityLink hosted a program to celebrate and honor Black History Month at the downtown CityLink Transit Center on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  The program featured choir performances by 3rd grade students from Christ Lutheran School; poem, skit and choir performances by Peoria High School students and alumna; and guest speaker Chris Reynolds, who currently serves as the Athletic Director at Bradley University.

Those in attendance were able to enjoy artwork depicting historical and current African American figures and inspirational quotes.

The Walter F. Jacob Foundation (Brewers Distributing Company) in conjunction with the Shaun Livingston Foundation donated the sign above and bus signs to be on display for Black History Month.

Students from Christ Lutheran School colored the photos in the collage above.

Group photo taken of several individuals who made Black History Month program possible.

The program began with an introduction of CityLink's new General Manager Doug Roelfs by Tanaijah Taylor, who is a student Richwoods High School and the daughter of Tracey Evans and granddaughter of Sandy Evans, who are both CityLink employees.

CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs and Customer Service Representative Sandy Evans.

An invocation was given by Pastor Deveraux Hubbard from St. Paul Baptist Church.

Pastor Deveraux Hubbard , Sandy Evans, and Tanaijah Taylor.

GPMTD Board Member James Polk passed away in November. His widow, Patti, was presented with a plaque of appreciation for all of Mr. Polk's work and accomplishments by ATU #416 President Ron Cox. Patti Polk can be seen in the photo above with Ron Cox and CityLink Janitor Reggie Livingston.

The 3rd grade class from Christ Lutheran School performed two songs during the program. The young lady that is 4th from right is Imari Kline, who is the daughter of CityLink employee Venessa Dixson.

Chris Reynolds from Bradley University gave an inspiring and uplifting speech during the program.

Students from the Peoria High School Mixed Ensemble performed a skit that included singing with a solo by student Victor Soloman (7th from right in the gray cardigan and bow tie).

Jasmine McDaniel (left) and Christian White (right) are pictured here with their fathers Keith and Chris. Both young ladies are students at Christ Lutheran School and served as the MC's of the program. Their fathers are officers of the Peoria Police Department and also work part-time as security officers at the Transit Center.

Thank you to everyone who helped plan, participated, and/or attended the Black History Month Program. You can see more photos from the event on the official CityLink Facebook page. You can also view the Facebook Live videos that were taken during the event on the Facebook page.

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