It’s mid-February, but there is still time and a number of upcoming events to help you and your family commemorate Black History Month. Here is the RoundTable’s round up of a variety of Evanston events scheduled.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering the “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Credit: Library of Congress

Feb. 14 — The Black House at Northwestern University, 1914 Sheridan Road, is hosting a networking event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. focused on the Black women experience around identity, Blackness and gender, and more. Paired with desserts and R&B. RSVP required.

Feb 16 — Discussion on narratives around the Black experience and the role of social media at 5:30 p.m. at the McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Dr. The event features Danielle Cadet, executive editor and vice president of content at Essence Magazine and Marcus Collins, author of the forthcoming book “For the Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want to Be.”

Feb. 17 — Listen to an episode of the “Dialogues in Afrolatinidad” podcast discussing Garifuna life and culture at the the Reflection Lounge in The Black House, 1914 Sheridan Road, from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy snacks and conversation after the event.

Feb. 17 — An exhibition titled “Black History/My History,” launches at the Noyes Art Gallery, 927 Noyes St., with an opening reception between 4 and 7 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 10.

Feb. 18 — Community members are invited to participate in workshop on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Robert Crown Branch of the Evanston Public Library. Identify African Americans who have made contributions to American history, together with the African American Historical/Genealogy Study Group of Evanston to identify African Americans who have made contributions to American history

Robert Crown Community Center Credit: Ellen Galland

Feb. 19 — Game night at 5 p.m. at the Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main St. Families can compete in games of UNO, Lyrically Correct and Black Card Revoked. Black-owned Evanston restaurants are catering.

Feb. 21 — Black staff, faculty and graduate students reflect on their experiences at a professional development series from 3 to 4 p.m at The Black House. Keynote speaker Norvell Watts, program manager at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, will discuss study abroad opportunities and navigating social identities in foreign countries. Registration required.  

Feb. 23 — Catch a screening of 90’s hit television Black sitcom “A Different Time” at The Black House between noon and 1 p.m. Snacks provided.

Feb. 24 — The McGaw YMCA at 1000 Grove St. is hosting a ‘We Wear Black Campaign’ to celebrate the “renaissance, resistance, and rejoicing that makes the African American experience unique.” A three-part documentary about the facility and its role in the community is available to watch online.

Feb. 24 — The Black House is hosting a trivia night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate Black culture. RSVP required.  


  • The Evanston public library is hosting a month-long indoor mini scavenger hunt dedicated to Black history in Evanston at both library branches.
  • Exhibition – “The Four Virtues,” by Chicago artist Eli Williamson, is on display at the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., through March 10.
  • Looking to support the arts? Evanston Made has a list of local artists to check out, with names including David Niari, Fran Joy, James Hopkins and more.

Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...

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