Evanston celebrates Father’s Day and Juneteenth this weekend

Evanston celebrates Father’s Day and Juneteenth this weekend

With the temperature finally fell under 90 degrees on Friday, June 17

the RoundTable headed out to local businesses and restaurants along the Main-Dempster Mile

to ask people what Father’s Day means to them as they gear up for the holiday this weekend

As always, Father’s Day falls in the middle of Pride Month, and this year

it also happens to share the day with Juneteenth

the newly minted federal holiday of a too-often invisible day in our history that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

With all of those occasions colliding this year, many Evanston residents said they are excited to celebrate Father’s Day from an intersectional lens this weekend with their fellow Black and LGBTQ+ neighbors in mind.

Eli Cooper-Nelson, the general manager at Booked, a children’s and youth bookstore on Main Street

told the RoundTable that he and his team at the store want to offer literary selections that are expansive and inclusive of all three events this weekend: Juneteenth, Father’s Day and Pride Month.

“Father’s Day, in some ways, can be a little complicated being a queer and trans person

That relationship has not always been awesome,” Cooper-Nelson said. “

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