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Weekend Awards

Congratulations to daughter and mom Kimberly Holmes-Ross and Hon. Delores Holmes who both received the first Zollie Webb Community Outreach Award from Evanston Own It last Friday evening during the organization's Evanston Sings concert at First Church of God Christian Life Center.

The award honors the memory of Webb, who served as Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Evanston for 38 years and passed away September 4.

Pastor Clifford Wilson, Mt. Pisgah Ministry and President of Evanston Own It presented the awards to the emotional women, each knowing only that the other would receive it.

The event, Evanston Sings, which usually takes place in the ETHS auditorium, has been an annual happening since 2017, but hadn't taken place since 2019 because of the pandemic.

The brainchild of Zollie Webb, Evanston Sings is a key effort of Evanston Own It, an organization of pastors and community leaders primarily from Evanston's 2nd and 5th wards that was founded in 2015 to engage the community and help prevent youth violence.

Congratulations also to the awardees at Evanston/North Shore Branch NAACP's Freedom Fund Banquet, which was held virtually on Saturday evening.

You can watch the entire event, which featured an excellent discussion about Critical Race Theory, on their You Tube channel.

Awardees are:

-- Reverend Kenneth Cherry and Christ Temple Church

-- Bryant Oc Wallace, Business

-- Anya Tanyavutti (D65 President)

-- Charles Spivey, VFW Snell Post 7186

Honorable Awards for NAACP Service: Bennett J. Johnson and George Mitchell.

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