The Flavor of Defeat

Continue the celebration of Black History Month by learning about the present. The Evanston Public Library is offering two programs led by experts who are fighting ongoing health disparities in Black communities: 

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Carol McGruder, co-chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, will present The Flavor of Defeat, a discussion of the latest tactics the tobacco industry has deployed to dodge regulation and expand its markets, including locally in Evanston. After the sweeping defeats in the 1990s, Big Tobacco adapted its tactics targeting youth and communities of color to build a new generation of lifelong customers. Join in on this conversation with local anti-tobacco advocates who will share results of recent studies on tobacco use nationally and locally and talk about what our community can do to protect our health. This program will be held on Zoom. Register now

On Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Anya Tanyavutti, M.A.Ed., Evanstonian and the Executive Director of Chicago Volunteer Doulas, will present Antiracist Birthwork and Antiracist Outcomes, a training on birth justice. Chicago Volunteer Doulas provides comprehensive doula care throughout the Chicagoland community, including birth and postpartum programs and the first-of-its-kind peer doula program at Logan Correctional Facility. Learn about the institutional inequities that put Black mothers and babies at higher risk for birth complications and deaths, and how to dismantle injustice around Black maternity. This program will be held on Zoom. Register now. 

More ways to celebrate this Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to step back and more specifically acknowledge and celebrate the centuries of broad and vibrant contributions Black Americans have made to culture, the arts, politics and social justice movements. 

The Evanston Public Library is celebrating throughout the month with a special collection of programming that celebrates the contributions of Black Americans, supports the Black community, and offers creative outlets for joy and expression: Here’s a look at ongoing and still-to-come programs: 

  • Seek and Find: Black History Scavenger Hunt: All month long. Learn more.
  • Make Your Own Basquiat-Inspired Crown: All month long. Learn more.
  • Make your Own Cartoon Glass Painting: All month long. Learn more.
  • Inspirational Painting Teen Craft Kit: All month long. Learn more.
  • A Conversation with Dr. Ava Thompson Greenwell, Director of Mandela in Chicago: Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Learn more and register.
  • The Flavor of Defeat: How Big Tobacco Is Still Winning and What We Can Do About It: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Register.
  • Antiracist Birthwork and Antiracist Outcomes: Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m. Register.
  • Ladies Leading: The Black Women Who Control Television News: Thursday, February 24, 7 pm. Learn more and register.
  • Black History Family Game Night: Friday, February 25, 6:30 pm. Register.

For more programs and events offered by the Evanston Public Library, visit For more on the Evanston Public Library’s work on equity and antiracism, visit  

Part of our Black History Month program series


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