Open to anyone interested in researching African American genealogy; members meet to share research and tips. Members also discuss the writings of such authors as W.E.B.DuBois, Larry Koger and Joel Williamson as well as topics of interest such as slavery in New York, Reconstruction and the Great Migration.
Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston.
P. O. Box 5648 Evanston, Illinois
Meets on the first Friday of every month at 7:00pm at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers.
Through the Extraordinary Service program, works on improving the living standards within the Black community through economic education; creating exposure and opportunities for the women entrepreneur; adopting and/or assisting Black families, with an emphasis on the Black male; and improving the mental and physical health of local communities.
The Black Business Consortium of Evanston/Northshore (BBCENS) is a group of Black business owners who have agreed to come together to share resources, network, discuss common concerns, and to facilitate support among each other. Also sponsors annual Tour de Noir, a narrated bus tour that highlights Black-owned businesses located in all nine wards of Evanston, and publishes directory of local Black-owned businesses.
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, and designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ+ community of Chicago. Due to discrimination and harassment, many LGBTQ+ people struggle to obtain resources. BSA provides educational and access-based programming to provide community members with what is needed to survive and thrive. All programming, services, and resources are intended for BIPOC trans and gender-nonconforming individuals. BSA also supports individuals and organizations in building networks and strategies. Our trainings and workshops are intergenerational and intersectional, for people of all ages interested in anti-oppression and movement building.
Access the BSA Trans Resource List for wellness, housing, community and support, food and nutrition, employment, and health resources in the area.
Nonprofit organization of African American men, founded in 1958 by Evanston police officers, Andrew Rodez and William Logan, jr. Supports activities beneficial to youth, seniors and families in the North Shore communities. Awards over 200 youth scholarships annually, provides holiday food baskets, and supports other community youth activities, such as Fellowship of Afro-American Men youth basketball league. Hosts annual fundraising gala.
Purpose is to establish, maintain and encourage high cultural, intellectual moral standards among its members, to engage in public service programs, and to promote and encourage achievement in education by granting scholarships to high school graduates from the Evanston area.
Youth programs: Delta Academy, Delta Gems and EMBODI.
Evanston, Illinois 60204-5683
EMBCI is a organization composed of companies, real estate professionals and
tradesmen involved in the construction industry. The mission is to increase the
amount of jobs and contracts for their members and to provide training and other
learning experiences to improve the quality of the member firms and individuals.
The Evanston North Shore Community (ENSC) Mass Choir consists of adult singers from various churches throughout the North Shore community who celebrate through the rich tradition of African American religious music, ranging from inspirational spirituals to contemporary gospel tunes.
The Evanston/North Shore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1915. Its primary focus is the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities.
See website for meeting information.
Established in March 1994, the mission of the Forrest E. Powell Foundation is to help people work to achieve their dreams. It supports hard-working individuals who wish to succeed through commitment and proper training. Awards scholarship to deserving individuals entering trade schools, or participating in vocational education and training programs. Also awards the Brendan Hedges Memorial Music Scholarship to deserving individuals pursuing a music career.
Annually, recognizes one person in the community who has demonstrated a commitment to family and community through hard work with the Annual Work Ethic Award.
The mission of the group is to strengthen and organize members and friends of the Haitian community to make positive contributions towards the creation of a stable, peaceful and prosperous Haiti. Conducts Haiti relief efforts. Haitian Congress PAC works towards a fully integrated partnership between Haitians within Haiti and those who are citizens of other countries. This partnership is a vital link to the sustainable development of Haiti.
Educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
Immigrant Family Resource Program Contact List.
A predominantly Jewish organization advocating for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Organizes monthly vigils around the Chicago area, provides speakers on Israeli-Palestinian issues.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of the few museums in the United States focused exclusively on the history, culture and arts of the Native people of the United States and Canada. It uses its collection of over 10,000 objects as well as temporary exhibits to tell the story and promote a deeper understanding of America's native people. Membership and volunteer opportunities available.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 5p.m., Thursday 10a.m. to 8p.m., Sunday 12noon to 4p.m.
Closed: Mondays, and the following holidays - New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
Weekend Crafts: Saturdays 11:00am – 12:00pm, Sundays 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
Non-profit community group's mission is to improve the quality of life for African American males in the Evanston Community by strengthening family structure, improving the social economic, spiritual and educational conditions that affect the African American male. The outcome would be an end of the killing, violence and incarceration among young African American males in the Evanston Community.
Mentoring Programs and Healing Hearts, a bereavement support group.
Promotes unity among the Latino community with a vision to integrate it with the cultural diversity of Evanston. Works to increase the participation of the Spanish speaking community in local government and school districts, and to serve as a liaison when language is a barrier in public institutions.
Mailing: P.O. Box 1894, Evanston, IL, 60204
Founded on June 6, 2002, Shorefront Legacy Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to recording, studying and preserving the experiences of African Americans living in Chicago's North Shore communities, particularly Evanston, Glencoe and Lake Forest. Publishes Shorefront Online Journal.
The Legacy Center, a museum and research center, is open to the public for research initiatives, exhibits and various public programs.
Hours: Weekdays by appointment, Saturdays, 9 am.-2 pm.
Tibetan Alliance of Chicago (“TAC”) is a registered 501 3(c) not-for-profit organization seeking to preserve Tibetan heritage and serving the needs of the Tibetan community in Chicago.
TAC was established in March 1992, initially as Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago, to resettle 100 Tibetans in Chicago who came from various parts of India and Nepal. For background, the invasion of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China beginning in 1949 displaced nearly 100,000 Tibetans who followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959, predominantly settling in India and Nepal. The passing of the Immigration Act of 1990 resulted in the US government issuing 1,000 visas to Tibetans in exile to resettle in various US cities and towns. Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago resettled 100 Tibetans between 1992-1993 and currently, we have about 300 Tibetans residing in Chicago. TAC remains indebted to the original founders and supporters of the Tibetan Resettlement Project of Chicago.
Our main objective now is to:
- To continue to strengthen the Chicago Tibetan Community internally and externally and promote His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of interdependence, global peace and compassion within the broader Chicago community
- To revive, preserve and promote Tibet’s unique religious and cultural heritage and educate the younger generation of Tibetan-Americans and the broader Chicago community about Tibetan history, religion, and culture
- To liaise with Office of Tibet and other North American Tibetan organizations as well as work closely with other communities in Chicago and develop mutually beneficial relationships
Tibetan Alliance 2019 – 2020 Executive Team and Board Members
President: Mr. Lhakpa Gyaltsen / (773) 470-8917
Vice President: Mr. Tenzin Phuntsok / (773) 732-3021
Treasurer: Mr. Sonam Tsering / (224) 522-1442
Secretary: Ms. Tenchoe Wangyal / (312) 607-8956
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenzin Jampa, Tashi Dolker, Dhondup Gyatso, Phurbu Lhamo, Dekyi Kunzom, Tseten Wangyal Drongpa, Pema Rinzin, Karma Tsering, Nawang Thinley, Tenzin Chemi, Kelsang Bapu, Tsering Tashi, Dolma Tsering
Sunday Chinese School that offers classes in Chinese, and Chinese culture, arts and crafts, dance Kungfu, and TaiChi, for children age five and up, and for adults. Also offers enrichment classes in Math, SAT/ACT preparation.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a social justice organization working in the areas of racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment and economic advancement, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more about YWCA programs and services below:
Domestic Violence Services: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/domestic-violence-program
Relationship Violence Prevention: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/violence-prevention
Women’s Economic Empowerment: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/womens-empowerment
Racial Justice Initiatives: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/racial-justice
Flying Fish Aquatics: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/flying-fish-aquatics
24-hour hotline for domestic abuse victims: 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868.