The Mosaic of Human Community:
Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston, Illinois

In recognition of the 2018 Black History Month, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and numerous Evanston churches and organizations have worked in collaboration to create this Evanston community project. Using the Stations of the Cross to situate the history of Black Americans, participants will learn and experience Black history from origins of humankind in Africa to as recent as NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Through various productions and representations such as historical texts, art, photographs, artifacts, teaching, preaching, bible study, and scripture, we will explore and discuss key historical moments and movements as refracted through Theology of the Ruling Church and Theology of the (Black) Liberation Church.

Sponsored by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, this project aims to:

  • Find, develop, and deepen leaders
  • Educate and reeducate the Evanston community, particularly the youth, on Black history
  • Build productive relationships and collective power between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Evanston churches, and councils interested in the thriving of black people

The Design Team

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

  • Angela Cowser, CBE Director
  • Amania Drane, CBE Administrator
  • La’Quentin Jenkins, Student
  • Tércio Junker, Dean of the Chapel and Director of Course of Study
  • Shane Nichols, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Diamond Pate, Student
  • Mary-Carol Riehs, Styberg Library Access and Public Services Librarian
  • Kelly Tiebout, Adjunct Faculty
  • Taurean Webb, Student

Northwestern University

  • Alan Anderson, Neighborhood and Community Relations
  • Eva Jefferson-Patterson, Black House
  • Esmeralda Kale, Herskovits Library of African Studies
  • Lauren Lowery, Northwestern University Black Alumni Association
  • Florence Mugambi, Herskovits Library of African Studies

Evanston Churches, Community Organizations, and More

  • Doria Dee Johnson, Strayer University
  • Fray Joy, Evanston-based and nationally recognized artists
  • Barbara Morgan, Sherman United Methodist Church
  • Larry Murphy, Garrett-Evangelical and YoFresh Yogurt Café
  • Michael Nabors, Second Baptist Church
  • Dino Robinson, Shorefront Legacy Center
  • Deborah Scott, Ebenezer AME Church
  • Brian Smith, Garrett-Evangelical, Second Baptist Church, and 1225 Productions
  • Warren Smith, Fisher Memorial AME Zion
  • Gerald Taylor, Garrett-Evangelical and Industrial Areas Foundation