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Rally for Racial Equity in Evanston

  • District 65 Headquarters 1500 Mcdaniel Avenue Evanston, IL, 60201 United States (map)

Join us as we rally to achieve Racial Equity for students at District 65!


OPAL Leaders to Demand Accountability for African-American Student Achievement in District 65

WHO: The President and Board of Directors of the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL). 

President: Roger Williams. Board of Directors: Martha Burns, Cicely Fleming, Oliver Ruff, Tiffini Holmes, Alex Morgan, Alyce Barry.

WHAT: The OPAL Board of Directors will make a major announcement in response to Evanston District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren’s September 5, 2017, comprehensive letter to OPAL, the Evanston/North Shore branch of the NAACP, and Bethel AME Church, regarding the District’s failure to properly educate Evanston’s African-American children. 

WHEN: Monday, October 23, 2017, at 10:00 am . OPAL President Roger Williams and Board of Directors will be available for live TV, radio, and print interviews following the press conference.

WHERE: Evanston/Skokie District 65 School District, 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. Free public parking is available in the District parking lot in front of the building.

WHY: On April 25, 2016, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 released the Report on Black Student Achievement in District 65. The report highlighted the District’s failure to properly educate African-American children. On April 4, 2017, District 65 voters overwhelmingly passed a $14.5 million tax hike in support of public education. In response to this tax hike, OPAL is demanding greater accountability and equitable solutions for the District’s African-American children. This press conference will be the first in a series of important announcements and actions concerning progress in this effort.


Founded in 2014, OPAL works to achieve equity in Evanston through voter education, civic engagement, and candidate development. By educating and mobilizing voters – and supporting qualified community leaders – OPAL works tirelessly to ensure that local leadership reflects the diversity and priorities of all residents throughout Evanston’s nine wards. OPAL’s comprehensive programs work to increase accountability and activate Evanston residents who have been underrepresented.

Earlier Event: September 14
September Community Meeting
Later Event: November 9
Abolition and Rethinking Education