Join Make It Better in the Race Against Hate

Whether you were chosen first or last for the team in elementary school P.E., you are our first pick! Make It Better invites you to join our team as we Race Against Hate on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Evanston. The Race Against Hate was founded in loving memory of Ricky Byrdsong, a Skokie resident who […]

Quick and Easy: Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate

Run or walk in the 14th annual Race Against Hate to support the Evanston YWCA’s mission of racial equality and violence prevention. This event draws more than 4,000 participants from all over the Chicago area. There will be on-field refreshments and fun for the whole family! What: Sign up to walk or run a 5K, […]

Quick and Easy: Race Against Hate

Join the YWCA Evanston North Shore for the 13th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. Race Against Hate was launched to preserve the memory of Ricky Byrdsong, an African American man who was the victim of race violence in Skokie in 1999. This annual Father’s Day tradition allows the whole family to join in […]

Race Against Hate a Success

The Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate brought out a record number of people this year and raised $130,000. The event honors the late Northwestern basketball coach who was killed in a hate crime in July 1999. Over 4,000 runners and walkers participated in the 5k, 10k, or youth mile. With 44 sponsors and 300 volunteers, […]

Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate

On a summer night in 1999, Ricky Byrdsong, an African-American men’s basketball coach at Northwestern, was walking with two of his children down a residential street in Skokie when he was shot and killed by a self-proclaimed white supremacist. A well-known and beloved public figure, Ricky Byrdsong’s murder shocked the community and served as a […]