This year, during an unprecedented time of COVID19 and the resurgence of racism in the United States, the Evanston/North Shore NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund event on Zoom.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. on November 21. You will receive a Zoom link closer to the date. Tickets are not yet on sale, but visit evanstonnaacp.org for more information.
In years past, the branch has hosted a Freedom Fund Banquet at the Evanston Golf Club on Dempster. Because of COVID19, this year’s event will be held virtually, via Zoom conferencing. The topic for this year’s event is We Are Done Dying: The State of Black People in Evanston and North Shore in 2020.
The event will include a panel discussion based on the topic, music by Jernone Smith, and recognition of six organizations in Evanston for their work in the community.
Awardees for this year’s Freedom Fund Event include:
Bethel AME Church, Pastor Rosalind Henderson
Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Rabbi Andrea London
C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor, Clarence and Wendy Weaver
Ebenezer AME Church, Pastor Deborah Scott
Evanston Township High School, Dr. Marcus Campbell
Evanston Fight For Black Lives
Invited panelists include;
Dino Robinson, Shorefront Legacy Center
Hon. Delores Holmes, former Alderman, 5th Ward
Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Judge, Cook County
Margaret “Peggy” Tarr, Columnist, Evanston Roundtable
The NAACP is the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States and is dedicated to leading, assisting and serving the Black community. The organization fights against all forms of racism and discrimination, provides services in voter education and registration, offers scholarships to high school graduates, gives lectures and workshops on issues related to people of color, names discrepancies in health care, education, housing, employment and other areas, and serves as an advocate for fairness, equity, equality and justice for all people.