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Talking, walking, gathering against gun violence in Evanston.

Following the recent homicides of young Black men in Evanston in Evanston, residents are mobilizing to respond. Here are some opportunities for all of us to get involved:

Tomorrow, Friday night, support Nathan Norman, Rudy Meo and the Black Male Alliance's rally and walk against gun violence that starts at 6 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center (corner of Church and Dodge).

Then, on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Brummel Park, join Michel'le Harris for a second Conversation in the Park to address gun violence and discuss ways to create community. Her first meeting drew almost 50 residents.

And Next Saturday, August 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., participate in a four-mile Worship Walk organized by Pastor Karl Angelia Adair of New Beginnings North Shore Church "to promote unity, peace, and share the love of God with our neighbors."

The Worship Walk will start at James Park, head to Church and Dodge, and then return to James Park. "With the unrest in our nation, racial division within our own community, and increased gun violence amongst our young men, the effort to declare unity is needed more than ever before," says Pastor Adair.

"Participants will walk and worship, sing, and pray with a purpose for our families and community. The walk is suitable for all ages.

All events require masks and social distancing.


Black Male Alliance members include:

Jermey Mccray, Maurice Wilkerson, and Genaro Hernandez all of whom are outreach workers for the City; Kevin L. Brown, former Youth and Young Adult Division manager; Evanston Police Department Officers Adam Howard, Lloyce Edwards Spells, and Corey McCray; Rick Marsh, community activist and president of Curt's Cafe; Morgan Oliver, activist, retired educator, and member of OPAL; Pastors Rick Thomas, Karl Angelia Adair, and Demond Mills; Robert Pressoir, Robert Reese, and community activists Justin McCray, Jeron Dorsey, Alando Massie, and Bamidele Ali.


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