Evanston NAACP

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Forming the Evanston Branch NAACP: A Historical Outline

—by Dino Robinson There are moments in this country’s history when movements emerge in response to social conditions surrounding us. Our current generations “Black Lives Matter” came to life defined by the inequity of law enforcements treatment of people of color. The Civil Rights movement was defined by the activities ... Read More

Processing at Shorefront: A Powerful Experience

—by Angelique Schuler While completing my Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, I worked as an archival processing assistant for the University of Chicago’s Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). At the BMRC, my primary task was to use Archivist Toolkit to create EAD finding aids. However, I ... Read More

Rosetta Vonszolla Strong Gradford: Living out a Legacy

— By Esther M. Williams-Hays, M.S. Many times we regard a person as “well-known” because they are highly visible and are recognized on sight. Rosetta V. Strong Gradford is one of those people who has been highly visible for many years throughout Evanston and the North Shore. She can often ... Read More

Evanston: An Early North Shore African American Community

— Short Series — The growth of the African American communities in Chicago’s suburban North Shore was unique. Instead of first settling in Chicago, most early settlers came directly to these North Shore communities. Evanston was and still is the longest stable community dating back to 1855.  Its growth would ... Read More