Sacred Conversation on Race

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Sacred Conversation on Race

October 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

National speaker, advocate, and emcee, Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier will be with us for our Sacred Conversation.

Julian, who has appeared on ABC, FOX, NPR and Dr. Maya Angelou’s “Oprah & Friends” radio program is also an Emmy Award-winning musician featured in the video “Strange Fruit,” a commemoration of the Billie Holiday song and a meditation on racial violence.

The Chicago native and graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School, is a 2020 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and was also recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of “40 Under 40” leaders in Chicago. He is presently Senior Pastor at University UCC in Chicago.

Working with the community, Julian was instrumental in bringing a Level-1 trauma center to the Southside of Chicago. Named by the Center for American Progress as one of “10 Faith Leaders to Watch” in 2018, he serves as the inaugural chair of the Community Advisory Council for University of Chicago Medicine; as associate director of the Office of Experiential Education at McCormick Theological Seminary; and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Julian is a regular contributor to On Scripture and Sojourners, where he is also a board member. He and his wife, Mallorie, have two fierce daughters, Dania and Genevieve.

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October 20
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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