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“I thought of my grandmother”

Bonnie Lockhart (Photo by Richard Cahan)

“I feel cheers. I didn’t sleep much last night. I woke up very early and was looking forward to this moment. I thought of my grandmother and my great-grandfather and all the ancestors who came before. I know they never thought something like this could happen.

“We can’t underestimate Evanston. I am a third generation Evanstonian. I love this city for many reasons. I was born here. My father was born here. My grandmother came here when she was 18. My great aunt came here beforehand and opened her own beauty salon.

“I went to Foster School [when it was a neighborhood school in the predominantly Black Fifth Ward]. I got integrated when I was in third grade. When I was 8 years old, I never knew what color was. When I was young I was not discriminated against. I know, of course, that they exist. I’m a graduate of Spelman College and I learned a lot when I went to college because I didn’t see it here in Evanston.

“You have to live under a rock not to see discrimination, racism and bigotry.

“Housing is such a necessary part of life. If you don’t have a place to lay your head, you cannot live. You can’t get a job. You can’t do anything. “

– Bonnie Lockhart, Reparations Committee member

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