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In our podcast, EVANSTON RULES, we explore the history and stories of people who have made a difference in our town. Voices of the past, present, and future cross-stitch a tapestry of our community: the opportunities, disparities, legacies, what's been lost and what can be found. Where are we now? How did we get here? Where do we go from here? In Evanston Rules, we’ll explore different historical perspectives and create a new paradigm, one that collectively empowers all Evanstonians. Our value words: Inclusion, Acceptance, Equity and Love drive our work and our conversations. Join us on Evanston Rules. Come to Understand!

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In our podcast, EVANSTON RULES, we explore the history and stories of people who have made a difference in our town. Voices of the past, present, and future cross-stitch a tapestry of our community: the opportunities, disparities, legacies, what's been lost and what can be found. Where are we now? How did we get here? Where do we go from here? In Evanston Rules, we’ll explore different historical perspectives and create a new paradigm, one that collectively empowers all Evanstonians. Our value words: Inclusion, Acceptance, Equity and Love drive our work and our conversations. Join us on Evanston Rules. Come to Understand!

Language:

English

Contact:

3105086646


Episodes

Marcus Campbell: Making History In Education

2/3/2024
Dr. Marcus Campbell is making history in education, reshaping the landscape through his unwavering commitment to equity. Taking actionable steps, Dr. Campbell, in our 6th episode of Season Three, shares insights as the superintendent of Evanston Township High School, District 202—the first Black person to hold this position in over 134 years. Reflect on what this signifies for our diverse Evanston. In our conversation, Dr. Campbell discusses his tenure at ETHS, where his passion for teaching continues to drive his role as Superintendent. He opens up about the memorabilia in his office, connecting him to his ancestors and grounding him. This link fuels his dedication to improving Evanston for future generations. Dr. Campbell is an unapologetic advocate for equity in education. Listen to understand the transformative journey he's leading.

Duration:00:30:11

Allan Alson: Building Equity

1/12/2024
In "Building Equity" our 5th episode from Season Three, we speak with Dr. Allan Alson, the former superintendent of Evanston Township High School, District 202. Dr. Alson talks about his move to Evanston, addressing perceptions about the community, and candidly sharing how he didn't let initial impressions affect his belief in Evanston's potential. With this perspective, he committed to creating an equitable Evanston, embracing the differences that make him stand out. He's bold, courageous, and committed to the work. Dr. Alson is not just an ally; he's an accomplice in making Evanston even better. Listen To Understand.

Duration:00:31:44

Mabel Williams: Ahead Of Her Time

11/7/2023
In this 4th episode from Season Three, "Ahead Of Her Time", we spoke with Dr. Mabel Williams, a cherished educator, mentor and Evanston resident of over 60 years, who has not only called this community home, but has also contributed significantly to its educational landscape. Her journey began as a special education teacher at Walker School and later as a learning disabilities teacher at Dawes School. Her passion for student success and well-being drove her to become a supervisor in the Special Services Department. Throughout her career, Dr. Williams' unwavering commitment to her students often raised eyebrows, as she placed their success above all else, even job security. In her well-deserved retirement, Dr. Williams continues to lead a purposeful life, attending multiple classes and nurturing her mind, body, and spirit. Her dedication to lifelong learning and self-improvement serves as an inspiring example to us all. Her legacy embodies the values we strive to uphold, and her story is a testament to the impact one can have on a community. In a previous episode of Evanston Rules, we had the privilege of featuring Dr. Williams' son, Rodney Williams, in an enlightening conversation titled “I’ll Have What He’s Having.” Listen to understand.

Duration:00:31:41

Devon Horton: Unbroken Resolve

4/25/2023
In this 3rd episode from Season Three, we spoke with Dr. Devon Horton, the former Superintendent of Evanston/Skokie District 65. Dr. Horton's passion for his work shines through as he shares his deep belief and unwavering commitment to achieving equity in education. He envisions a school system that is fair and just for all students, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. It is essential to note the significance of the timing of this episode. Since our conversation, Dr. Horton has made the decision to resign from his position as superintendent in Evanston. He concluded his tenure at the end of the 2022-2023 school year and has taken on the role of superintendent in the DeKalb County school district. Listen to Understand! Photo Credit: Evanston/Skokie Dist. 65

Duration:00:31:58

Janet Dees: The Art of History

4/3/2023
The Art of History. The 2nd episode from Season 3 of the Evanston Rules podcast features Janet Dees. Janet is a curator and art historian who speaks about her life experiences and how they inform her work in art history and vice versa. Janet is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Northwestern University‘s Block Museum of Art. Listen to understand.

Duration:00:25:47

Laurice Bell, Ron Whitmore & Larry Axelrood: And The Beat Goes On...

2/12/2023
In Season Three's 1st episode, we (LAURICE and RON) are switching seats with one of our good friends and favorite guests from Season One, Judge LARRY AXELROOD. Larry asks us some questions about how we got to where we are today and where we see Evanston Rules going and growing. And we answer with our typical no holds barred style. Listen to understand.

Duration:00:22:52

The AUX and its Power of Connection

8/1/2022
In Season two’s 14th episode, we talk with 4 founders of The AUX: JACQUI WHITE, LORI LASER, TIFFINI HOLMES and TOSHA WILSON. Listen as we learn about their huge efforts to build a community space owned by the people - a commercial hub led by black ownership that has been envisioned by its founders to bring healing, wellness and racial equity to Evanston. We learn about the experiences that brought all of them together and the importance of The AUX’s work with connectivity and working collaboratively to create a space where all are welcome.

Duration:00:51:05

Oliver Ruff: High Expectations, No Exceptions, No Excuses

5/22/2022
OLIVER RUFF brings to mind three words, consistency, present and commitment. He has always been exactly the same, whether in friendship, inspiring his many students, or by showing up to affect positive change. Mr. Ruff is a person who cares, is committed and passionate about Evanston and its residents. He grew up in Evanston, taught school and became an administrator in District 65. He credits his mother with his solid foundation and strong work ethic. Mr. Ruff is a founding member of numerous foundations as well as the eponymous scholarship, Oliver A. Ruff Education and Mentoring Scholarship. We say, there is no equity without action and Mr. Ruff certainly does just that. Listen to Understand!

Duration:00:45:36

Denise Martin: She Loves Life and it Loves Her Right Back

3/1/2022
Denise has overcome what for many would be roadblocks to success, but her determination at every juncture has shown her to be a formidable yet compassionate competitor. Denise’s Evanston public school education started at Dewey School. Because of forced integration, she and the rest of the black student community were then bused to Walker for 6th grade. She went on to Skiles, ETHS and finally to Northwestern University where she earned two degrees. After graduating from Northwestern, Denise worked as an administrator at ETHS. In her exemplary career she took seriously her relationship with the black community. She loves Evanston but says about it, “no bulls-eye yet, we keep shooting narrows. We got lots of arrows.” In addition to her many personal and professional accomplishments, she’s made community involvement a priority in her life as she supports and celebrates Evanston, continuing to make it a better place.

Duration:00:54:40

Gilo Kwesi Logan: The Beat of His Own Drum

2/14/2022
The story of the Logan family continues in this episode with GILO KWESI LOGAN. In our last episode with his father, retired police Chief Bill Logan, we spoke of his father’s contributions to our hometown. In this episode, The Beat of His Own Drum, we to talk with Gilo, who explains how his name evolved from Gary to Gilo. He shares his experiences growing up as a young black male and how his experiences abroad have shaped his life and helped define him as a human being. And as Gilo says, I am because we are. And because we are. Therefore I am.

Duration:00:54:53

William H. Logan, Jr: The Chief

1/2/2022
This episode features WILLIAM H. LOGAN, JR., also known as Bill or Chief Logan. Listen, as Chief Logan talks about his family and growing up in Evanston. You will hear about his storied career with the Evanston Police Department, which he joined in 1957 and rose through the ranks to become Evanston’s first Black Police Chief in 1984. Chief Logan’s contributions to the Evanston community as the co-founder of numerous organizations shaped much of path for access and opportunity for black youth. Chief Logan truly led the village by his example of caring for the place we call home.

Duration:00:32:02

The Chief

1/2/2022
This episode features WILLIAM H. LOGAN, JR., also known as Bill or Chief Logan. Listen, as Chief Logan talks about his family and growing up in Evanston. You will hear about his storied career with the Evanston Police Department, which he joined in 1957 and how he rose through the ranks to become Evanston’s first Black Police Chief in 1984. Chief Logan’s contributions to the Evanston community as the co-founder of numerous organizations shaped the path for access and opportunity for black...

Duration:00:00:41

Kimberly Holmes Ross: The Fruit Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

12/13/2021
The fruit clearly doesn't fall far from the tree. In this episode we speak with KIMBERLY HOLMES ROSS who is truly her mother's child. Listen, as Kim describes growing up in Evanston, attending District 65 schools and Evanston Township High School. And why she is drawn to the work she is passionate about, serving her community. Kim opens up about her family, her childhood, and why she has chosen to follow in her mother's footsteps. Kim has spent a life walking the walk and continues to give back to the community and is unapologetic about her work and her love for it.

Duration:00:39:59

Talking Whiteness on Central Street

11/14/2021
This episode features Blaire Frett, Ilana Marder-Eppstein, Lydia Collins, and Louise Bond of the group of Talking Whiteness on Central Street. Talking Whiteness challenges the status quo on their home turf in Northwest Evanston with conversations that could be had around the dinner table. These organizers created a model that puts them face to face with their neighbors, asking pointed questions to encourage people to look at their privilege while talking about whiteness. As we say, there is no equity without action and these four people are out there making a difference. Tamika Mallory says, “we don’t need allies, we need accomplices,” And these folks are just that; we are happy to call them Evanstonians.

Duration:00:38:30

Rodney Williams: I'll Have What He's Having

7/17/2021
In this episode, we talk with RODNEY WILLIAMS, a native Evanstonian who has risen through the ranks of corporate America in marketing at Moët Hennessy, Jackson Family Wines and Mondavi Wines to name a few, while always standing up for what is right. Rodney pays it forward and moves the needle toward a level playing field. Join us as we talk to him about living with integrity, the importance of staying connected to your roots and showing up every day and living as an unapologetically and righteous black man, doing the right thing.

Duration:01:02:44

Pat Hughes, Sr.: Lucky and Loved

5/25/2021
This episode features PAT HUGHES, SR., who has made Evanston his home since he moved to our town in 1955. Pat attributes who he is to his upbringing, his diverse group of friends and meeting the love of his life, Brigid, while still in middle school. Pat practices an attitude of gratitude as he tells us about his large family whose family ties run deep through the community. His desire to lead a life of service and pay it forward have guided him to be a person we and the community are grateful for. Listen To Understand!

Duration:00:39:50

Gail Hutchison: Going To Her Edge

5/4/2021
This episode features GAIL HUTCHISON, a native Evanstonian and a powerful yoga and meditation instructor. Gail gives us some insight into the benefits of self care for all people, but, in particular, black people. Gail states “We can’t pour from an empty cup”, a phrase that should encourage everyone support themselves and work on healing. As a black woman, Gail shares her valuable input about race, who gets opportunities, being honest and acknowledging and learning the past so that we can move forward.

Duration:00:52:21

Greg Klaiber: Professionalism, Tradition and Service

4/17/2021
In this episode, we talk with GREG KLAIBER, a native Evanstonian who has paid it forward in terms of the equity and diversity that we at ER so cherish. Listen as we talk growing up in Evanston, friends, family, sports, mentors and a life of giving back.

Duration:00:52:01

Ben and Melissa Blount: The Importance of Being Blount

4/1/2021
In this episode, we talk with the truly inspiring BEN AND MELISSA BLOUNT, who moved to Evanston less than a decade ago. Listen as we talk family, art, activism, taking chances and making a difference.

Duration:00:49:34

Bob Lamey: Don’t Bet Against Him

3/16/2021
*Before listening to this amazing episode, please be aware there is some salty language* In this episode we have an authentic conversation with BOB LAMEY. Listen as he unpacks his childhood, family and friends while growing up in Evanston. Bob doesn't pull any punches as he shares his perspective about life. His experiences drive his work ethic, success and loyal relationships. Listen To Understand!

Duration:00:53:58