More than 2,000 people took part in the YWCA’s third annual Stand Against Racism, lining the entire length of Ridge Avenue in Evanston. Students from Washington School made banners and waved at vehicles – including some Evanston fire trucks – that honked in support as they passed.

Farther west, Evanston Township High School students demonstrated their support by taking 15-20 minutes to stand outside the school.

The YWCA offered conversation-starters such as “How did your background affect your ideas about other racial groups?” and “How do you think it positively or negatively impacts life in Evanston?”

The Stand Against Racism Pledge, read aloud in different groups along Ridge Avenue, committed those who took it, among other things, “to a lifetime of promoting peace,
justice, freedom and dignity for all people in my community and in the world.”