Yesterday, the folks at Evanston Fight for Black Lives, together with members of Etown Sunrise, held a Yard sale for Black Lives in front of Foster Park on the corner of Ashland and Simpson.
Visitors snagged art by Black artists and enjoyed thrifting and sifting to find the perfect item of clothing and treating themselves to goodies baked by Bakers Against Racism.
Artists featured at the yard sale will include several members of EFBL: Maia Hadaway, Oluwaseyi Olonilua, Kennedy Freeman, Grayson Izekiel, Kaila Holland, and Seyi.
Bella Hubbard, an Etown Sunrise organizer, is a longtime thrifter and yard-sale host, so she used her access to a wide variety of clothing to resell at the event.
The organizers raised $1,500 despite the rain and proceeds will support a Black-led organization that the groups are selecting via a poll in their FB group. Voting ends tonight, so head on over and vote!
Evanston Fight for Black Lives is a student-led activism group that amplifies Black voices and fights for issues that affect Black lives in Evanston.
Etown Sunrise is a local hub of the Sunrise Movement, which is a movement dedicated to fighting the climate crisis while creating jobs in the process through the Green New Deal. Their current focus has been defunding the police, investing in communities and getting strong progressive candidates into office.
The group says they're considering doing a follow-up event. We'll keep you posted.
You can watch Kemone Hendrick's live from the event here.
Grayson Colbert (upper left): softprints.format.com
Seyi (middle left): instagram handle is @oluda.artist; visit his website.
Maia Hadaway (bottom left): visit her website.