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Facebook group Black Women of Evanston connects and provides resources for local Black women

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Facebook group Black Women of Evanston connects and provides resources for local Black women

by Kaitlin Bender-Thomas,

When Annette Jeter Jean-Jacques moved to Evanston in 2011, she soon found it was a hassle to meet up with her friends who lived a half-hour away in Chicago. 

So, Jeter Jean-Jacques turned to Facebook to create a group that could connect Black women nearby.        

“I’m like, ‘Wow, it would be really nice to just meet other women here, locally, so that I can just go for coffee or grab lunch and just have a space where I can find other people that look like me, and we have things in common,’” Jeter Jean-Jacques said.

Since its founding in 2017, Jeter Jean-Jacques’ Facebook group Black Women of Evanston has created a sisterhood among more than 400 Black women and she said it has positively impacted the community.

Jeter Jean-Jacques said the group’s mission is to provide a safe space for Black women in Evanston and other surrounding areas while focusing on service, community and self-care. She organizes monthly events like dining out, volunteering, photo shoots, business pop-up shops, and workshops to bring the women together and create…

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