Discover the Y’s Connection to Black History Month

February 3, 2023

Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” wanted the study of past Black life to have a significant impact. He once stated, “We are going back to that beautiful history and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements.”   In 1915, Woodson, a University of Chicago alumnus, arrived in Chicago to attend a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Inspired by this three-week celebration of the accomplishments of Black people in the U.S., Dr. Woodson met with a small group at the historic Wabash Avenue YMCA in Chicago …

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Honoring Black History at the YMCA

February 1, 2023

The history of the YMCA – like the history of Evanston – is a story of incremental progress toward greater inclusion, equity, and justice. As we honor and celebrate Black history in the month of February and every day, we remain committed to our work of becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization where everyone can be, belong and become. We are committed to learning from our past, listening to our present, and making changes that will advance racial justice, health, and healing, and break cycles of harm, for generations to come. This #BlackHistoryMonth, we are honoring the stories of Black leaders …

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Join the YMCA: Pay $0 Join Fee and Get up to 2 Months FREE!

January 31, 2023

Find Your Motivation and Join Today. Join the Y today, pay $0 join fee, and get up to 2 months for FREE! Plus, pay no dues for February and enjoy July for FREE – that’s 6 months for the price of 4! Transforming your health isn’t easy, but at McGaw YMCA, you’ll find friendly staff and neighbors ready to support and cheer you on every step of the way. The YMCA has all the fitness facilities and classes you want, including a basketball gym, indoor pickleball courts, indoor track, racquetball and squash courts, pools, a HIIT/Cycle studio, unlimited yoga classes, …

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