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Rev. Julian 'J.Kwest' DeShazier, 'Strange Fruit: Music, Justice and Prophetic Speech' - Feb. 25

‚ÄčThursday, February 25
Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier, “Strange Fruit: Music, Justice and Prophetic Speech”
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7 p.m.

DeShazier is the senior minister of University Church in Chicago, a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a hip-hop artist known as J.Kwest. His song “So Blessed” was featured on the Grammy-nominated compilation “Holy Hip Hop: Take the Gospel to the Streets,” and he is featured in the Emmy-winning short film “Strange Fruit” about jazz singer Billie Holiday’s 1939 protest song about the lynching of two African-American teenagers. DeShazier will present on the prophetic power of music with examples from his own work and others.  

Check out the film "Strange Fruit" produced by the Salt Project, a not-for-profit production company dedicated to the craft of visual storytelling. 

This public event is also part of the Ripple Conference, a regional gathering of college students for interfaith exploration and leadership development.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education


Eric Townsend,
1/27/2016 4:20 PM