“Everybody can do something. Just do something.” So said Tamar Manesseh, our keynote speaker at our recent Racial Justice Summit. Tamar said she wasn’t an activist or a community organizer. She described herself as “just a mother.” But when a woman in her neighborhood was murdered, Tamar did something.
She invited her neighbors to a barbecue at 75th and Stewart in Chicago, where the murder took place. The barbecues have continued, and Tamar has built a coalition – including people from outside of the neighborhood – that is working to end violence.
Tamar’s story resonates with me, and I find myself grateful for all of you who are “doing something” by being engaged with YWCA Evanston/North Shore. I hope you will look for ways to deepen this engagement. I fervently believe that it’s not enough for any of us to simply think about racial justice. We need to act on it.
Please continue to join with us to learn what you, personally, can do to dismantle racism. Together we can make a difference.