The Big Payback Screening


The Crown Family School and WTTW invite you to join us for a free screening of the newly released film, The big comeback, which tells the story of Robin Rue Simmons, an Evanston council member, who spearheaded the passage of the first tax-funded reparations for black Americans. After the film screening, join us for a moderated conversation on the reparation movement with Ms. Simmons and the film’s two co-directors, Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Robin Rue Simmons is the founder and executive director of First repair, a non-profit organization that informs local repairs, nationwide. He is chair of the City of Evanston Reparations Committee and spearheaded passage of the nation’s first city-funded reparations legislation for Black residents, which began disbursements in January 2022.

Erika Alexander is an award-winning actress (Living single, Get out, The Cosby Show) who makes his directorial debut with this film. She serves on the board of directors of One Fair Wage and Exponent and is closely involved with several other national racial justice organizations.

Whitney Dow is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator whose work has focused on race and identity for more than two decades.

This event is free, but RSVP is required


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Written by Natalia Chi

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