More than 1,500 people gathered in the hot sun crowding onto Fountain Square and spilling into the streets this afternoon for a powerful Evanston United Black Family Rally to Support Black Lives.
The event, scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., went an hour long, with many attendees remaining until the very end.
Please watch and listen to every speaker who took the podium today.
The event was emceed by Michael Nabors, president, NAACP Evanston/North Shore and Pastor, Second Baptist Church.
In order, the speakers were:
Gilo Kwesi Cornell Logan, life-long Evanstonians, Logan Consulting and S.O.U.L Creations; Keith D. Terry; community leader
Corey Winchester, teacher, Evanston Township High School (ETHS)
Carlis Sutton, community activist, member of The Citizens' Network of Protection - Evanston, IL
Evanston Police Department Chief Demitrous Cook
Liana Wallace, ETHS grad
Robert Bady, community activist
Judge Lionel jean Baptiste, founder and past chairman of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, former Evanston Alderman, and Cook County Judge
Jude Laude, life-long Evanstonian, board member, District 202
Ayinde Jean Baptiste, life-long Evanstonian, keeper of memory, systems thinker and sometimes artist, "who occasionally commits acts of journalism."
Dr. Hardy Murphy, former superintendent, Evanston/Skokie School District 65
Lauren Davis, ETHS grad and minister at Second Baptist Evanston
Kevin L. Brown, community activist, former manager of Evanston's Youth and Young Adult Division.
I'll be posting transcripts of all the speeches soon.