Evanston/North Shore Branch NAACP's President Pastor Michael Nabors called a news conference at 2 p.m. this afternoon to respond to the mass shooting that occurred last Sunday evening at the Mobil gas station on the corner of Green Bay Road and Asbury. The shooting left 17-year-old Carl Dennison dead, 14-year-old Aniyah Guy fighting for her life, and three other teens, aged 14 to 18, injured. Speakers included Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss, ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon,
11 Evanstonians — Individuals, Businesses, Nonprofits — Honored as Change Makers By Maudlyne Ihejirika MashUP 2021, Evanston and Northwestern University’s annual hook up, was a joyful affair as a few hundred turned out to honor 11 individuals, businesses and nonprofits being heralded as Evanston change makers.
An Evanston Chamber of Commerce event annually supported by N.U. and the business community, the Sept. 29 offered a smorgasbord of samplings from 25 Evanston restaurant
Last Tuesday night, students from Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School/March for Our Lives, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina's B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders initiative, and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) came together at ETHS to showcase how they organize and advocate with passion, conviction, and fearlessness to end gun violence in America, and to inspire and demand that the rest of us do the same. The Democratic Party of Evanston organized the event together
Monique Parsons is purposeful, passionate, and prepared to take the helm of the McGaw YMCA the first woman and second African American to do so since the organization was founded in 1885.
Following Pastor Mark Dennis’ retirement from the Y at the end of 2017, its board conducted a national search and vetted more than 100 applicants, ultimately announcing last month that it had selected Evanston-born-and-raised Parsons, who brings with her energy, determination, eye toward e
About 200 Evanstonians participated in an interfaith service at Northwestern University's beautiful Alice Millar Chapel last Sunday to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and recommit to working together to transform Evanston into beloved community. The service was organized by Beth Emet The Free Synagogue's Rabbi Andrea Coustan London, Grace Lutheran Church's Pastor Daniel Ruen, and Second Baptist Evanston's Pastor Michael Nabors. The highlight of the program came when Rabbi L
Robert Crayton is at a crossroads. Literally. The compact, muscular 40-year-old with an earnest face and gentle eyes, plans to open Rubies, a new restaurant/community- gathering-entertainment space, at the corner of Simpson and Darrow in Evanston’s 5th ward. If the City Council approves it, Rubies, named after Robert's mother, will mark a new direction in Robert's life--and, he hopes, bring new energy to the neighborhood. Robert is at a juncture figuratively too. A respected
"This is supposed to be that I’m making money from it, but I’m also helping communities. So even if I’m not donating money, I’m helping create an economy in certain neighborhoods because I’m connecting adults with kids that need money and getting the adults’ needs met." Avante Price wanted a pair of designer gym shoes. But his mom, Victoria Reeves, wasn’t buying it. “I told him, that’s not a value of mine,” she says, “So I’ll pay you fair market value for regular gym shoes an
"If you’re going to ask a question about a trans person’s experience of gender, try to preface these questions with, 'Is it okay if I ask you about…?' We’re people just like everyone else, and are generally okay with questions that aren’t invasive, offensive, or which call into question the legitimacy of our identities." Evanston Township High School is hosting its first LGBTQ Student Summit today from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The summit will focus on the unique and diverse experi
"This town is committed to looking at equity and access in our schools. It’s time we also take a look at our library since libraries can transcend some of the boundaries upheld in schools. The library is a public place, paid for by our taxes, where people go to broaden their humanity." Do all Evanston’s children have the chance to recognize themselves, their families, and their experiences in books, audiobooks and other materials on the library shelves? Are library locations
"I think [violence] comes from a long history of being ignored, judged, and not accepted for who you are. It's about anger, and aggression and revenge, and not knowing how to stop the cycle." The group of Freshman girls surrounding Lachisa (pronounced La-Keesha) Barton at the Mason Park field house last Wednesday afternoon were engaged in animated chatter and vying for “Ms. Keesha’s” attention. An outreach worker with the City of Evanston's Youth and Young Adult Division, Lac
"I’m concerned about our young people. A number of them are not getting educated, they're not working, they're not doing anything, so they're becoming involved in illegal activities. We need to inspire kids to do something else." William Logan was born and raised in Evanston and was Evanston’s first African American Chief of Police. He joined the police force in 1957 and became Police Chief in 1984. He served for three years and then retired to become the Director of Safety a
"No-one should feel satisfied just because his or her own child is okay. Everyone in Evanston should be aware that there are third-world conditions right here. There are lots of generous people who care about the wellbeing of our community and donate money to agencies such as ours. But we also have to give more of ourselves in order to truly understand the needs of the community. Most importantly, to learn what it means to be an ally." Emeric Mazibuko is an Outreach Case Mana
"I heard Steve Harvey once say that we’re all like seeds on this earth. You have to get dirt on you in order to grow. Tough moments, people who don’t believe in you, but you will grow. The sun will find you. The water will find you." By the end of my interview with 24-year-old Marcus Brown, I had tears in my eyes. His passion, love, concern for, and commitment to Evanston’s children is truly inspiring. Marcus was born and raised in Evanston and lived right near the high schoo
"We need to also stop dehumanizing young men who are in gangs." Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Evanston’s Beth Emet The Free Synagogue synagogue since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in 2010. Social justice activism is an integral part of Rabbi London’s rabbinate. In 2014, Rabbi London was selected by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of 28 of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2014. The letter nominating her, w