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YWCA Evanston/North Shore invites community to participate in panel discussion on National Day of Racial Healing

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In recognition of the National Day of Racial Healing, which occurs the day after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, YWCA Evanston/North Shore will host a virtual panel discussion that is free and open to the public.

Titled “Racial Healing and Reparations: Two Steps Toward Transformation,” the panel discussion will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Central Time on January 19. Attend this free event by registering here.

The panel discussion will feature community leaders including:

  • Monica Haslip, founder and executive director of Little Black Pearl, a 40,000 square-foot facility on Chicago’s South Side that provides opportunities in art, culture and entrepreneurship to youth, adults and families across Chicago. Haslip also is a national trainer of racial healing circle practitioners for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Health and Transformation Initiative.
  • Robin Rue Simmons, strategist, civic entrepreneur and alderman of Evanston’s Fifth Ward. Simmons chairs the Reparations Committee of the City of Evanston.
  • Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors, president of the Evanston/North Shore branch of the NAACP and senior pastor at Second Baptist Church of Evanston. Nabors will serve as moderator of the discussion.

The event also will feature a Q & A session.

The panel discussion is funded in part by a grant from Healing Illinois, a statewide racial healing initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust, a foundation working toward equity, opportunity and prosperity to achieve a thriving, equitable and connected Chicago region.

Photo above (L to R): Monica Haslip, Robin Rue Simmons, Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors