Juneteenth and White Fragility: an online fundraiser featuring anti-racist speaker Ally Henny
Dear Evanston is honored to co-host this virtual event with Evanston Present and Future to raise funds for next years' Juneteenth parade, which, we hope against hope will be an in-person march of thousands with floats and all the other parade trappings!
The event, Juneteenth and White Fragility will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. The webinar will review the history of Juneteenth and how white people can participate in this important--and till now--overlooked holiday.
Tickets are $100 each and available on Eventbrite.
After purchasing a webinar ticket you will receive a zoom registration link.
Webinar replay will be available for anyone who purchases a ticket but can not attend the live.
All Evanston residents and organizations are encourage to participate.
Juneteenth parade founder Kemone Hendricks says it's her mission to educate our community about "all things Juneteenth," and to ensure that a Juneteenth parade happens every year. She encourages white Evanston residents and members of Evanston organizations to support the event financially and participate in the webinar.
The webinar will include:
•A history of Juneteenth
•Appropriate ways white people can celebrate/contribute to Juneteenth as an ally
•Whether white people feel uncomfortable celebrating Juneteenth as America’s real Independence Day, and if so, why?
•Does white fragility play a role?
•Q&A with Juneteenth parade founder Kemone Hendricks and special webinar speaker Ally Henny
•All participants will receive resources and references to reflect on, open space to express thoughts and concerns, and a better understanding of Juneteenth and white fragility.
About Ally Henny
Ally Henny is a writer and speaker. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Missouri State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Race, Cultural Identity, and Reconciliation.
Ally has been writing about race, identity, culture, and racial conciliation on Twitter, her personal Facebook profile, and on her blog, The Armchair Commentary, since 2014. She is a regular contributor for The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where she writes about Black motherhood and other topics related to the Black experience from a faith-based perspective. Ally has participated in several panels and facilitated discussions on America’s race issue and has conducted numerous personal education and coaching sessions for individuals seeking to participate in racial conciliation.
Ally is a dynamic and engaging speaker who is able to draw connections from history to speak to current issues. Her style is thoughtful and engaging, challenging her listeners to think beyond their current paradigms to see a unique perspective. She has the ability to speak to and engage a variety of audiences. Ally is more than a speaker, she is also an excellent teacher who is able to appeal not only to her audience’s hearts but also their minds.
This year, due to Covid-19, Evanston's first-ever Juneteenth parade was held virtually on June 19 and 20, with a 100-car parade from Church and Dodge to Oakton and Dodge on June 27.