Recent Shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha

Evanston Public Library

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Jacob Blake

The Evanston Public Library is deeply shocked and saddened by the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, Jr., in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The Blake family has deep ties to the city of Evanston, and has contributed to the advancement of civil rights, both here and elsewhere.  Our thoughts are with the entire Blake family, and we hope for the recovery of Mr. Blake, as well as for justice for him and his family.  We remain committed to doing our part to advance racial equity and justice in our community, our state, and our nation.  

Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church (1109 Emerson St.), where Mr. Blake’s grandfather was a pastor, will be holding an outdoor Community Service of Lament on Sunday, August 30 at 2 PM.  This service will include a discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement, a brief history of the connection between the Blake family and the city of Evanston, and speeches from clergy addressing how to confront racism and work towards reconciliation.  Community members are invited to attend to show their support for the Blake family.  

Community members are also invited to join Mayor Stephen Hagerty, members of the Evanston Police Department, and guests for the last in a series of conversations on policing in Evanston. More information on this final session can be found here: 

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