On March 28, Evanston City Council decided to designate part of McDaniel Avenue between Nathaniel Place and Greenleaf Street as “William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr. Way” in honor of William ‘Bill’ Logan Jr., Evanston’s first black police chief.
Chief Logan is a longtime resident of Evanston whose civic and community work spans a lifetime. His main goal was to make Evanston a safe and fair place for everyone. Bill began his service at ETHS, where he was the first black senior class president, the first black senior class vice president, the first black football captain, and the first black football player to win the Myerson Award for Excellence. This was just the beginning for this servant leader. Logan joined the Evanston Police Department in 1957 and served for more than 30 years, becoming its first black lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, and eventually chief of police. He was also Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s bodyguard during his visit to Evanston.
The weekend celebration will begin Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. (social time) at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, with a gallery exhibit showcasing the life and times of Bill Logan. The program honoring Chief Logan’s achievements, distinguished career in public service and his 90th birthday will begin at 7 p.m. The gallery exhibit will be open to the public July 1-20 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street (1st floor).
The official block party, presented by the city’s Health and Human Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department and local youth-serving organizations known as The Collective, My City, Your City, Our City (MCYCOC), will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Harbert-Payne Park, located at the corner of Main Street and McDaniel Avenue. A drum circle is at 1 p.m., the honorary street-naming ceremony is at 2 p.m., and the picnic is at 3 p.m.
This event is open to the public. Free food and activities will be offered.