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As a national speaker, advocate and emcee, Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier (Dee-Shah-Zee-Ay) has appeared on ABC, FOX, NPR and Dr. Maya Angelou’s “Oprah & Friends” radio program. J.Kwest (jay-quest) 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 is also pastor of University Church – a Sanctuary congregation for immigrants that also worked with Chicago’s Southside community to raise a Level 1 Trauma Center. Recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of “40 Under 40” leaders in Chicago, and 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 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. Julian is a regular contributor to On Scripture and Sojourners, where he is also a board member.

Thu 6:00pm - 8:15pm Gathering The Goose/ Rev. Barber with JKwest and Ken Medema Stage
Fri 9:00pm - 9:30pm JKwest Side stage