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Champaign continues to lose black-owned businesses

Champaign continues to lose black-owned businesses

By Darrah Perryman

May 11, 2015

Contagious, hypnotic music kissed the streets of Champaign in the 1950s in what some remember as an electrifying, soul-consuming environment that lured many African-American Champaign residents out of their homes and into the busy streets for the night.“The Black Downtown,” known today as North First Street...