The Ripple Effect – Thurs. May 28

Attend the second and final performance of “THE RIPPLE EFFECT,” an original dramatic adaptation created by the Nichols Middle School Drama Department and the Neri Project, inspired by the novel “Yummy” by G. Neri. The free event will occur on Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m., at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St., and is open to the public.

“Yummy” is a true story about the 11-year-old boy, Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, who shot and killed an innocent 14-year-old girl, Shevon, while trying to kill a rival gang member, which ultimately leads to his death. Yummy was later featured on the cover of Time magazine with the headline, “So young to kill, so young to die.” This year marks the 21st anniversary of his death and his challenging childhood that shook the nation.

“THE RIPPLE EFFECT” adaptation is told through the eyes of a fictional boy from the neighborhood that depicts Yummy as the killer and victim. With his father in jail, an abusive mother who often turns to drugs, and a family that is unable to provide a stable home environment, Yummy turned to the only group of people that ever showed him any interest – the Black Disciples Nation. The gang uses Yummy to commit crimes on their behalf and eventually plot his death after the shooting of Shevon to keep the gang’s secrets safe.

The 25-minute dramatic adaptation is sponsored by the Dajae Coleman Foundation and Evanston Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.

For more information, please contact Loyce E. Spells II, Board Chair of PeaceAble Cities: Evanston, at 847-859-7843 or via email at

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