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Evanston Organizes: Evanston’s black community lacked recognition for decades. Shorefront Legacy Center aims to give it to them.

Shorefront founder Dino Robinson stands amongst the archives. Since its founding, the center’s collections have gone from three file folders labeled “Color” to more than 250 linear feet of archival material.

Rishika Dugyala, In Focus Editor
November 8, 2018
Filed under City, Evanston Organizes, Latest Stories, Local, Top City Stories, Top Stories

This story is part of a series of profiles of activist and community groups across Evanston. In 1995, Dino Robinson — anxious to explore the city’s black history — picked apart local archives, hoping to find some records. Any records. He found three sparse file folders labeled “color....

“Generations of pain”: The road to reparations in Evanston

From indentured servitude to federal redlining, Evanston’s history is marked with colored lines. City officials and residents develop initiatives to address historical inequities with the recently established reparations fund.

Keerti Gopal, Reporter
May 29, 2020
Filed under City, City Features, Latest Stories, Top City Stories, Top Stories

Maria Murray was 15 years old in 1855 when she was purchased out of slavery by a white family and brought to work as an indentured servant in their Evanston home. She was one of Evanston’s first black residents. Evanston native and historian Dino Robinson said newspapers diminished Murray’s status...

Evanston Juneteenth celebration set to virtually honor black residents amid the pandemic

Kemone Hendricks, who has organized Evanston’s first annual Juneteenth Parade/Celebration.

Anika Mittu, Reporter
May 27, 2020
Filed under City, COVID-19, COVID-19 in Evanston, Latest Stories, Top City Stories, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Evanston Present and Future owner and founder Kemone Hendricks dreamed of seeing Evanston residents march through the streets in the city’s first Juneteenth parade. When the pandemic hit Evanston, Hendricks had to put her dream on hold. The city was scheduled to hold the parade on June 19, but...

Mudlark Theater presents new production exploring history of desegregation in Evanston schools

“Concerning Foster.” The new play will premiere at Mudlark Theater in Jan. 24.

Eunice Lee, Reporter
January 22, 2020
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Latest Stories, Theater, Uncategorized

In 1976, Evanston’s only all-black school closed its doors. With its new production “Concerning Foster,” Mudlark Theater is bringing its story to life. The new play, written by Dru Smith and alumna Kenya Ann Hall (Communication ’15), recounts three specific events in Evanston history and explores...

NCDC hosts dialogue on Evanston’s relationship with Northwestern, history of segregation

Dino Robinson talks at NCDC dialogue Monday about sundown towns in Illinois, redlining in Evanston and housing segregation at Northwestern.

Natalie, Chun
November 12, 2019
Filed under Campus, Events, Latest Stories, Student Groups

The word “community” means more than just what can be found on Northwestern’s campus, Dino Robinson said during an Evanston and Northwestern community dinner Monday. The dinner, titled “Northwestern in Evanston: Where Do We Stand?” was hosted by Northwestern Community Development Corps,...