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emcee, pastor and advocate
Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier currently serves as Senior Pastor of University Church in Chicago. As national speaker, advocate and artist, Julian has appeared on ABC, CBS, FOX, and Dr. Maya Angelou’s “Oprah & Friends” radio program. J.KWEST 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. In 2012 he and his group, Verbal Kwest, appeared in the OXFAM and Bread for the World-produced documentary THE LINE, providing a critical voice against poverty and violence in the US. The Chicago native and graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School and McCormick Theological Seminary. Learn more and listen in at: www.jkwest.com