Board of Directors

Violetta Cullen

Neighborhood Development Consultant, Community Organizer

Horace “Kris” Graves

Retired, IBM Executive

Currently sits on Board of Trustees at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church

Steve Lemieux-Jordan


Evanston Photographic Studio

Genie Lemieux-Jordan


Evanston Photographic Studio

Annette Logan

Real Estate, Entrepreneur

Herman “Chip” Ratliff

Account representative

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank


Margo E. Robinson

Retired elementary school teacher: Willowbrook Elementary School


Dino Robinson

Founder, Director

Production Coordinator,

Northwestern University Press

Doria Johnson

Resident Scholar

African American History

University of Wisconsin Madison

Founder, Anthony Crawford Remembered Foundation

Board of Advisors

Eric Basir

Owner of PhotoGrafix,

Digital photographic restoration studio

Rev. Dr. Gessel Berry, Jr.


Sherman United Methodist Church

Elizabeth Brasher

Assistant Director

Infrastructure Technology Inst.

Northwestern University

Karen R. Chavers

Chavers Consulting Group

Organizational mediation and program development

Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean, School of Communications

Loyola University of Chicago

Ed.D., Human Development in Education at Boston University

Parneshia Jones

Poet, Publishing/Sales

Northwestern University Press

Northwestern University

Morris E. Robinson, Sr.


City Planner

City of Evanston

Mary A. Trujillo, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication Arts

North Park University

In Memory

Rose Jourdain

Retired speech writer and

Author of “Those The Son Has Loved”

Kenneth Whitney

Retired Education Admin.,


In response to the lack of documentation, founder Morris (Dino) Robinson began a research initiative in 1995. Early research led to a series of articles, small exhibits, and conversations with community members, resulting in the rediscovery of a local Black history dating back more than 150 years. Before these activities, no written documentation of depth had been produced, researched, or thoroughly archived for public use. The work of Mr. Robinson and other committed residents evolved to become Shorefront.

Shorefront was first introduced to the public in 1999 in the form of an informal quarterly newsletter and several small exhibits. In response to positive feedback and a need for this subject- specific information, Shorefront established itself as a nonprofit on June 6, 2002, and installed its first, sixteen-member board of directors. The first board members consisted of those who had been involved and supportive of the earlier research efforts since 1996.

Shorefront is the only active Illinois nonprofit entity in the northern suburban communities that provides an outlet for the study, research, and preservation of local Black history. Shorefront’s primary focus area covers approximately twenty-five miles north along Lake Michigan’s lakefront, encompassing seven suburbs: Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, and Lake Forest.

In 2009, Shorefront opened the Shorefront Legacy Center. The accessible center houses over 80 linear feet of archival material (and growing!), a library and a gallery. The center has been host to several topical forums, conferences on genealogy, video screenings and discussion, author book readings and youth programs.

Consider supporting Shorefront so that we can continue the programs, activities and outreach that benefit the entire North Shore communities.

Shorefront is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit historical organization

collects, preserves, and educates people about Black history on Chicago’s north shore