‘Becoming a Welcoming Community 50 Years Later’

Fifty years ago this summer, Martin Luther King spoke to over 10,000 people on the Winnetka Green about racially exclusionary housing practices in Chicago's northern suburbs.

Evanston, with then and now the largest minority population among North Shore suburbs, has struggled to address the issues Dr. King raised.

The Evanston Public Library will host a panel discussion of the history of fair and affordable housing in Evanston and what is being done now to make Evanston a fair and welcoming community, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, in the library's community meeting room.

Speakers include Gail Schechter, executive director of Winnetka-based Open Communities; John Fuller, vice president of the Evanston branch of the NAACP; Lin Ewing, chair of the Diversity & Fair Housing Committee of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors, and Sarah Flax, housing and grants administrator for the City of Evanston.

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