Founded by Krenice Roseman and Derrick Ramsey, "Young, Black and Lit" will be giving away 150 children's books featuring Black characters to young people attending the picnic (one book per person, while supplies last).
The "Lit Book Fair" is sponsored by a grant from Evanston Cradle to Career/Advocates for Action.
Young, Black & Lit is a nonprofit organization committed to putting books that center, reflect, and affirm Black children into the hands of local youth. YB&L partners with individuals and organizations in Evanston and Chicago to donate books featuring Black characters to youth in pre-K through 8th grade. Learn more about their work here.
Each year, Advocates for Action gives community-building grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to grass-roots, community-based activities and projects that work to help make Evanston a better place to live and raise their families. All projects must be free, accessible and welcoming to everyone.
"Young, Black & Lit applied for a grant from A4A and received a $1,000 grant to buy books," says Charetta Williams, a member of Advocates4Action. "As an advocate, we each take on a grantee to support throughout the process and with their events. We help them meet the goals they've outlined in their applications."