An African-American political science major, she didn't always have a positive opinion of police. But her attitude was transformed by her work with Cpl. Daniel Vignola and other members of a now disbanded community-oriented policing unit in Wilmington.
"I saw my neighborhood get better," she said.
She also sees no practical alternative for neighborhoods beset by violence: "If we run into trouble, there's only one force we can call."
Although Evans views the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against unjustified police shootings of African Americans as part of the continuing narrative of the Civil Rights movement, she also sees the funeral she attended for one of her son's 14-year old friends killed execution style not far from his school, as being representative of a powerfully oppressive force that too often goes unmentioned: neighborhood violence.