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Community Project Returns for a Second Year to Educate Evanston Community on Black History

January 17, 2019
CBE 2019 Black History Month

EVANSTON, Illinois, JANUARY 2019 – At the request of several members of the Evanston community, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University, and numerous African American churches and organizations have once again worked collaboratively to produce a community project entitled, “Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston, Illinois: A Mosaic of Human Community.” This project was created in recognition of the 2019 Black History Month and builds upon the project that was originally created in 2018. The project aims to educate and inform the Evanston community, particularly youth and young adults, on Black history.

Using the Stations of the Cross to situate the history of Black Americans, participants will experience Black history from precolonial Africa to the present day. Through various productions and representations—historical texts, art, photographs, artifacts, teaching, preaching, Bible study, and Scriptures—participants will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements in Black history.

“The interest and excitement in this Evanston-based community project in 2018 was truly remarkable and we are eager for the community to participate in the Ten Stations that have been designed for this year,” said Taurean Webb, interim director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience. “We are also excited to welcome new community partners to the 2019 Mosaic of Human Community Project, including the Evanston/NorthShore branch of the NAACP and the Bahá'í House of Worship.”

The Design Team for this project are Evanston-based academics and scholars, pastors, professionals, community organizers, musicians, artists, and seminarians. Through this collaborative project the Design Team’s work was guided by three goals:

  • Find, develop, and deepen leaders
  • Educate and re-educate the Evanston community, particularly youth and young adults, on Black history
  • Build productive relationships and collective power between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Evanston churches, and councils interested in the thriving of Black people

An opening plenary and worship will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. This opening plenary and worship will help set the stage for the ten stations to follow throughout the months of February and March. The closing plenary will be held at Second Baptist Church of Evanston on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

All in the Evanston community are welcome to attend any or all of these events at no cost. To learn more, please visit



Station One
For God, Crown, and First Federal
Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
YoFresh Yogurt Café
635 Chicago Avenue, #7, Evanston, Illinois  


Station Six
The Great Migration: Celebrating the Legacy
of Robert Sengstacke Abbott

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bahá'í Temple Welcome Center
100 Linden Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois

Station Two
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopes
A Theatrical Reading

Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:30 p.m. Reception | 3 p.m. Reading | 4 p.m. Discussion
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes Street, Evanston, Illinois
Second Floor Art Gallery


Station Seven
The Depression and World War II
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois
Preacher: Rev. Willie D. Francois, III

Station Three
The Beginnings: Africa’s Histories and Peoples
Thursday, February 14, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Herskovits Library of African Studies
at Northwestern University
1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois


Station Eight
The Modern Freedom Movement
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
New Hope CME Church
1840 Grey Avenue, Evanston, Illinois

Station Four
The Civil War
Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Levy Center
300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois


Station Nine
The Second Reconstruction
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Sherman United Methodist Church
2214 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois

Station Five
The First Reconstruction
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ebenezer AME Church
1109 Emerson Street, Evanston, Illinois


Station Ten
The 2000s and Women’s
in the Present

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Second Baptist Church
1717 Benson Avenue, Evanston, Illinois