Evanston celebrates Black History Month with discussions, events

Stephanie Kelly, City Editor

Various Evanston organizations and centers will host discussions, exhibits and lectures throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.

The Evanston History Center has premiered the first event, an exhibit on two African-American female doctors in Evanston. Through their work, the women assisted in the creation of the Evanston Community Hospital in 1930 and helped underserved African-American citizens, according to the city’s website. The event will run from February until March 31.

Another exhibit will be available to the public at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center from Saturday until March 6. The exhibit, called “A Family’s Journey Home: Narrative and Visual Expressions,” depicts artist and Evanston resident Jevoid Simmons’ family history from the early 20th century, according to the website.

The Evanston Public Library is hosting multiple events, including an African-American literature discussion and a screening of “Dear White People,” a recent film that follows four black students at an Ivy League school.

Northwestern will also host a series events, including book talks on “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” which is NU’s One Book One Northwestern selection this academic year. There will also be discussions and shows hosted by NU.

Evanston Township High School will also have an award program focused on African-American youth, which will be held Feb. 27.

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