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Essence McDowell

Essence McDowell is a writer, researcher, and communications strategist who has worked with numerous organizations including the Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, INCITE!, Black Feminist Future, Chicago Public Library, and the Cook County Historic Archives. She is currently the director of arts and communications at the Social Justice Initiative and community organizing to create a resource hub for a national Black Women's Organizing Coalition.

Upcoming Events

  • Lifting As They Climbed: Virtual Book Launch

    March 6, 2024

    Join authors Essence McDowell and Mariame Kaba for the launch of Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Trailblazing Black Women in Chicago, an essential guidebook to influential Black women from Chicago’s South and West Sides.