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Racial Healing Circle

2024-07-08 18:00:00 2024-07-08 19:30:00 America/Chicago Racial Healing Circle Are you longing to connect with others in a safe environment to talk about the impact of racism and the need for racial healing? Join Yeefah Thurman, Racial Healing Practitioner. Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Monday, July 08
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-07-08 18:00:00 2024-07-08 19:30:00 America/Chicago Racial Healing Circle Are you longing to connect with others in a safe environment to talk about the impact of racism and the need for racial healing? Join Yeefah Thurman, Racial Healing Practitioner. Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Main Library

Small Meeting Room (108)

Are you longing to connect with others in a safe environment to talk about the impact of racism and the need for racial healing? Join Yeefah Thurman, Racial Healing Practitioner.

Come together with community members in a safe environment to affirm the inherent value of all people, cultivate a culture of belonging, and deepen our understanding of the differences we face racially and ethnically.

Race is a construct we live with every day, yet it is often the elephant in the room in our daily conversations. A racial healing circle allows participants to connect through our shared humanity, expand our empathy, and broaden our capacity for compassion. It is a way for us to repair the damages caused by racism and build trust across the racial divide.

Through facilitated conversation, embodiment and mindfulness practices, participants can begin to generate connections to heal the wounds of racial trauma. A healing circle offers a chance to be authentic and vulnerable and take collective action for change. 

"A healing circle's purpose is to reaffirm the humanity in all of us. And it lifts up what unites us rather than what divides us, while discovering, respecting and honoring the unique experiences of each person." - W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Racial Healing circle is open to all races.


Yeefah Thurman is a Somatic Transformation Life Coach and Racial Healing Practitioner. Her motto is "If there is a difficult situation that causes stress, anger, sadness, or anything else, remember that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to handle the situation in a different way."

She was born in NYC to progressive parents – an entrepreneur who founded the first Black brokerage firm on Wall Street and an educator who co-founded a “freedom” school focused on cultural immersion. Her extended family history includes Civil Rights activists like her maternal grandmother, Gloria (Blackwell) Rackley who is noted in South Carolina history, for her role in desegregating public facilities as a leader in the Orangeburg Movement for Civil and Economic Rights.

With such influences, Yeefah understood that essential human rights include equality for all people and freedom to stand up for oneself and others. In her childhood home, TV was limited, and conversation, books, music, and art were emphasized. This fostered her deep desire for gathering information and communicating with others.

An artist by nature, she attended the famous Music and Art high school in New York City. Today, her assemblage artwork centers around racial justice and belonging. She is an advocate for public art and has exhibited her work with Art In Place and Terrain Biennial.

Yeefah is driven to experience other cultures and to understand people the way "they" want to be understood. A lifelong learner currently studying Spanish, she already has a working knowledge of German from the years she lived in Austria. She owns her own hairstyling salon while building her body of work as an artist. Her previous careers include modeling, clothing design, selling African fabric, and advising clients on holistic health care. Over the years she has won numerous awards and scholarships including the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

She has raised four children who follow in her eclectic footsteps, pursuing what motivates them: aviation mechanic, hairstylist-artist and dancer, and singer songwriters.


To request ADA accommodation for a program, service, or activity, call 847-866-2919.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Health & Wellness | Community Engagement |

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Main Library

EPLInfo@cityofevanston.org
Phone: (847)448-8600
Branch manager
Yolande Wilburn, Executive Director

Hours
Mon, Jul 15 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 20 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jul 21 12:00PM to 6:00PM

About the branch

 

The City of Evanston is committed to promoting a Citywide culture of accessibility and inclusivity. To request an accommodation for a program, service, or activity, please call 847-866-2919 to make an ADA service request or fill out a request form online.

Upcoming events

Thu, Jul 18, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library

Thu, Jul 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Zoom - Register to receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to get into this class.
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Thu, Jul 18, 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
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Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room
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Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Jul 18, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom - Register to receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to get into this class.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Jul 18, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Loft (Teen Space)

Fri, Jul 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Center - Room D

Fri, Jul 19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Center - Room B

Sat, Jul 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library
This event is full

Sat, Jul 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Lobby

Sat, Jul 20, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Sun, Jul 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Sun, Jul 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Mon, Jul 22, All day
Main Library

Mon, Jul 22, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Jul 22, 10:15am - 10:35am
Main Library

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Jul 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Jul 22, 11:00am - 11:40am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 22, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Park

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 23, All day
Main Library

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107),Newberry Conference Room

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Tue, Jul 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Wed, Jul 24, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mason Park

Wed, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Northlight Theatre Zoom
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library

Thu, Jul 25, 10:15am - 10:45am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Jul 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Zoom - Register to receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to get into this class.

Thu, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom - Register to receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to get into this class.

Thu, Jul 25, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Jul 25, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Leah Lomar Park

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Reading Garden

Fri, Jul 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Sat, Jul 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Loft (Teen Space)

Sun, Jul 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Library - Art Garden

Sun, Jul 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room,Reading Garden

Sun, Jul 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Mon, Jul 29, All day
Main Library

Mon, Jul 29, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Jul 29, 10:15am - 10:35am
Main Library

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Jul 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Jul 29, 11:00am - 11:40am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 29, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Park

Mon, Jul 29, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Mon, Jul 29, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 30, All day
Main Library

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Jul 30, 10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Tue, Jul 30, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Main Library

Tue, Jul 30, 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 31, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mason Park

Wed, Jul 31, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Wed, Jul 31, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Library - The Loft

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Conference Room East (311),Conference Room West (308)

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Thu, Aug 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual

Thu, Aug 01, 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)
Registration is now closed

Thu, Aug 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 01, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room
This event is full

Sat, Aug 03, 10:00am - 10:45am
Lee Street Beach (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Sat, Aug 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (104)

Sun, Aug 04, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 05, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Aug 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Aug 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 05, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Park

Mon, Aug 05, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 06, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Tue, Aug 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Wed, Aug 07, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mason Park

Wed, Aug 07, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library

Wed, Aug 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 1 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 08, 10:00am - 1:00pm
New venue Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Thu, Aug 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 08, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Twiggs Park

Thu, Aug 08, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library - Children's Room

Sat, Aug 10, 10:00am - 10:45am
Lee Street Beach (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Sat, Aug 10, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library

Sat, Aug 10, 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)
This event is full

Sat, Aug 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Sat, Aug 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Elks Park

Sat, Aug 10, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 12, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Main Library

Mon, Aug 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Robert Crown Branch Library

Mon, Aug 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Mon, Aug 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Tue, Aug 13, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Tue, Aug 13, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Main Library - Lobby

Tue, Aug 13, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Library Board Room (406),Zoom Main 1 (Virtual)

Tue, Aug 13, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Wed, Aug 14, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Wed, Aug 14, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library - Small Meeting Room (108)

Thu, Aug 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Thu, Aug 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Aug 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Zoom Main 2 (Virtual)

Thu, Aug 15, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Library - Community Meeting Room (107)

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room

Thu, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Loft (Teen Space)

Fri, Aug 16, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Reading Garden

Sat, Aug 17, 10:00am - 10:45am
Lee Street Beach (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Sat, Aug 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Main Library

Sat, Aug 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Library - Lobby

Sat, Aug 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Library - Falcon Room (303)

Sat, Aug 17, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Robert Crown Branch Library - Robert Crown Multipurpose Room