Black History Month
History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events. In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember.

In an effort to honor this expansive and growing history, Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. But just as Black history is more than a month, so too are the numerous events and figures that are often overlooked during it. PBS has compiled a list of some of those “lesser known” moments and facts in Black history.
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Taylorville, located 30 miles from Springfield in central Illinois, has the convenience of a larger city with small-town charm including its historic downtown area and quiet neighborhoods with tree-lined streets. It’s also known as the "Christmas Capital of Illinois." With a population nearing 12,000, Taylorville is expanding commercial and industrial developments, while maintaining good schools and affordable housing.
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In 1981, the Illinois Municipal League governing board initiated the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association (IMLRMA) to stabilize costs and provide liability, property, and workers compensation coverages needed specifically by municipalities.