Evanston/North Shore

Racial Justice Summit

Our third annual Racial Justice Summit will feature keynote speaker Tamar Manasseh, Founder and President, Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK), and will include breakout sessions led by activists, educators, faith leaders, and practitioners who will share their strategies and help participants develop skills to address systemic racism in our organizations, educational institutions congregations, and communities.

Please join us! Student discount available.



About our keynote speaker:

Following the shooting death of Lucille Barnes in 2015, Tamar Manasseh, a mother of 2 who grew up in Englewood and now lives in Bronzeville, rallied several other mothers and established MASK (Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings). In the summer of 2015, Manasseh and other parents in the community took to their local corner daily to let everyone know that they're watching.

MASK's purpose is to put eyes on the streets, interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies. MASK's primary mission is to build stronger communities through a focus on violence prevention, food insecurity, and housing. Additionally, MASK partners to ensure that community members have access to necessary city services, opportunities for education & professional skills growth, and economic development.

Manasseh has also helped launch MASK initiatives in other Chicago neighborhoods, as well as cities throughout the nation, including Evansville, Indiana, Staten Island, New York, and Memphis, Tennessee.
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Racial justice is part of our mission.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore has a deep and abiding commitment to working on issues of economic, gender and racial justice; particularly in the places where these systems of oppression overlap each other. There is little doubt that the systemic oppression of people of color in the United States remains painfully alive. Even when we do not want to see it or speak of it, deep in our core, we are quite aware that:

  • the rules and standards that govern our lives are skewed in favor of some and against others;
  • power and opportunity are distributed inequitably;
  • the basic rights of citizenship are unequally available; and
  • race and racism shape each of the previous points.

The Annual Racial Justice Summit offers an opportunity to gather our collective resources in one place for a one-day summit open to the public. The goal is to bring people – of all ages and demographics – together to deepen their understanding of their own racial identities, develop skills to work for change, formulate action plans, and engage with others.

Our first summit: 

YWCA Evanston/North Shore hosted our first Racial Justice Summit, “Mirrors and Methods: Tools for Creating Racial Equity”, May 5-6, 2016. The Summit featured  a keynote address from Dr. Brittney Cooper (Rutgers, Salon.com) . View her keynote address here:


Dr. Brittney Cooper YWCA Racial Justice Summit 2016 from YWCA Evanston/North Shore on Vimeo. (Karen Singer, President/CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore speaks until 8:21, at which point she introduces Donique McIntosh, Racial Justice Program Co-Director. Dr. Brittney Cooper speaks at 10:34)


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