In this July 1965 photo, North Shore Summer Project (NSSP) student volunteers are seen standing silent vigil outside the headquarters of the Evanston – North Shore Board of Realtors, 3009 Central Street, Evanston, to protest the racially discriminatory housing system on the North Shore. At the time, realtors refused to show a North Shore house to African-American families, a practice of long-standing that had served to keep the community closed to people of color.
Silent vigils were held outside real estate offices in other communities as well. Rev. Emory Davis, NSSP chairman and pastor of the Bethel AME Church in Evanston, explained, “We are holding these vigils to say that we no longer live under a segregated system. We are announcing our responsibility for having been part of it for so long. Now we are asking our fellow residents of the North Shore to join us in asking for a change.” The students also canvassed 2,000 home sellers about their views on selling to Black families and other minorities.
Source: Wilmette Life, July 15, 1965; Photo by Nickerson
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