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David Hogg is an American author and student who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018 and afterward became a gun control advocate and an activist against gun violence in the United States.


He is one of twenty founding members of Never Again MSD, a gun control advocacy group led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) students. In conjunction with his gun control advocacy, he has helped lead several high-profile protests, marches, and boycotts. He has also been a target and scapegoat of several conspiracy theories and right-wing accusations.

Hogg will join a panel discussion with local Chicagoland students to discuss gun violence and the role of youth activism to end this epidemic. More details are forthcoming.

Dec 26, 2019

Two free Kwanzaa events!

Evanston residents are invited to two Kwanzaa celebrations!

The first will take place on Wednesday, December 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street. There'll be arts and crafts for the entire family, delicious Jamaican food for purchase from Claire's Korner and YoFresh Yogurt Cafe. Dr. Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan and his Soul Creations drummers will perform and there'll be spoken word performances by the ETHS Slam Team.

The second event takes place at 4:30 p.m., December 29 at St. Nicholas Church. The Holy Angels Black Catholic Choir (they're really good!) will be celebrating mass along with members of the St. Nicholas choir for the Holy Family and Kwanzaa. The choir performed recently at the University of Chicago opening for Sweet Honey in the Rock.

The congregation will recite and pray the seven principles of Kwanzaa honoring African American traditions. After mass there will be a Karamu Pot Luck Feast in Oldershaw Hall.   

Join the conversation. Get uncomfortable. Get proximate. Push your boundaries. Meet new people. Enjoy a light dinner. Be the change.


We're excited to announce our third book of the year, "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," and hope you'll join us to read and discuss it.

Register now! Deadline: February 5, 5 p.m.

Nov 15, 2018

Come and create community while reading and discussing great books about race and equity!

All meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Future locations to be announced.

Tuesday, December 11, Family Focus Evanston, 2010 Dewey -- The Color of Lawby Richard Rothstein 

Tuesday, February 12 -- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

Tuesday, April 16 -- Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond

Tuesday, June 11 -- Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill

Dec 11, 2018

Sign up today!

We'll meet, as usual, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

December's meeting will take place at Family Focus Evanston, 2010 Dewey.


Books are available at the second floor desk of the Evanston Public Libraryor you can purchase a copy at Bookends & Beginnings and receive 15 percent off when you mention Dear Evanston. Bookends has also donated five copies of the book for anyone who's unable to purchase one. Email DearEvanston if you need a copy.

Thanks to MSGroup Chicago at Dream Town Realty for sponsoring the group, to James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Evanston Cradle to Career for co-sponsoring.

Thanks to Lesley Williams and all our wonderful facilitators.

And thanks to all of you who come to read, discuss, and engage!


Here's the rest of the year's schedule.

Jun 17, 2018

On Father's Day each June, the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate brings together thousands of people from all over Chicagoland to run and walk in unity against racial hatred and violence.

Whether you're a casual walker or a competitive runner, we have a place for you! Now entering it's 19th year, the Race features music, on-field refreshments and fun for the whole family. Add to that technical t-shirts, great give-away bags, awards, a fast, flat, scenic race course along Lake Michigan and a great cause, and you have a positive community event you won't want to miss.

The Race Against Hate honors the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Basketball Coach, Vice President of Affairs at Aon Corporation, and Skokie resident who was murdered by a white supremacist on July 2, 1999 while walking in his neighborhood with two of his young children.  

Proceeds from the Race Against Hate are used to further the mission of YWCA Evanston/North Shore, in particular our efforts in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention.

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