Good Sunday afternoon, Evanston.

There are so many things to celebrate and talk about today, technology could not hold them all and things just blew up a bit today, which is why your RoundTable Weekend Newsletter was delayed a few hours. But all is now well, so here we go.

There was a joyful noise in Evanston yesterday as hundreds came out to celebrate Juneteenth. It was the third annual Evanston parade, which came on the second annual celebration of this important day of freedom, since it was signed into law as the country’s eleventh federal holiday a little over a year ago.

The RoundTable has a number of stories and photographs to mark the date, including coverage of the parade which started at the Robert Crown Community Center and the afternoon-long celebration that followed at Ingraham Park.

We also have pictures from today’s Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate and a profile of one of Evanston’s key leaders in the Black community and a giant in arts world, Tim Rhoze, artistic director of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center.

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Evanston’s third annual Juneteenth parade is a joyful success. Evanston’s third annual Juneteenth parade was one for the history books. “Thank you, everyone, for coming out and parading today,” said Kemone Hendricks, one of the organizers, to a crowd of several hundred celebrants at Ingraham Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon, June 18. 

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Tim Rhoze found his passion and his voice in the theater. The artistic director is an advocate for theater, community and telling stories that elevate the Black experience. “Our mission is to tell the stories and have the events that tell and share the Black and African American experience and the legacy of the African diaspora,” said Rhoze.

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Race Against Hate draws crowds and calls for year-round work to fight racial hatred. Nearly 4,000 people registered for the event, the first time it has been held in two years due to COVID.

City News

The founder of Evanston’s Juneteenth parade has a lot to say. Kemone Hendricks has been the driving force behind Evanston’s day of freedom celebration.

DAPR may disappear. A committee that serves as a citizen outlet on development projects may be dissolved.

COVID-19 update: Evanston at ‘medium’ risk. The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston was 202 for the week ending June 15, 12% lower than the week ending June 9.


Northwestern celebrates its 164th commencement with the Class of 2022. Acknowledging these past years were far from what students planned when they started in college as freshmen or in their first year of graduate school or doctoral programs, the award-winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson gave a rousing call to arms to the thousands gathered at Ryan Field Monday, June 13, for Northwestern University’s commencement.

Police, District 65 ‘nearing a conclusion’ on noose investigation. The Evanston Police Department and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 are close to completing their respective investigations into three nooses found May 13 in a tree between Haven Middle School and Kingsley Elementary School.

Art & Life

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What are Evanstonians reading? Check out the list of top-selling books during May from Bookends & Beginnings.

Don’t miss these Juneteenth events in Evanston. Whether you’ve celebrated Juneteenth your whole life or if this year is the first time, here are some suggestions for how to celebrate Black freedom.

Public Square

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They do: Love at first strike. The Evanston RoundTable is pleased to present: “They Do.” This new column is a glimpse into the love stories and commitment celebrations of local readers and their relatives.

Guest Essay: Lizanne Wilson. My 95-year-old dad always asks this question when he begins an important conversation: “I could be wrong. Could you be wrong?”  


2022 Special Olympics USA Games website. Evanston’s Special Olympic athletes Credit: Submitted

2022 Evanston Special Olympians return and review the 2022 USA games. Even before their City Council honors on June 27, the RoundTable was able to corral the Evanston 2022 Special Olympics USA Games athletes.

ETHS athletes honored at District 202 board meeting. There were glowing words of praise Monday, June 13, for the school’s athletes and teams at the Evanston Township High School District 202 board meeting.

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