Our Chains Fell Off
Sunday, May 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
How do we reckon with a history of racial injustice in a way that invites us to imagine a more hopeful, just and equitable future? This question sparked a personal journey for Khari Wendell McClelland as he traced his great, great, great grandmother Kizzy’s escape from slavery from Detroit, Michigan to Vancouver, Canada in the 1800s. Music served as his soulful guide for courage and resilience as Khari researched the fugitive slave songs that Kizzy and others carried with them following the Underground Railroad.
Khari Wendell McClelland is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative facilitator with a nonprofit called Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global). Khari is gifted in bringing communities together through experiential and arts-based activities, often utilizing storytelling and music in order to ignite people’s commitment towards social change. As a musician, Khari’s Freedom Singer album is a true celebration of Black History. This album is a collection of rare and forgotten songs by fugitive slaves that Khari interprets through many styles and genres. Using folk, gospel, country, hip hop and soul, Khari’s songs joyfully invoke the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the US/Canadian borders in an effort to escape slavery and discrimination. With his Freedom Singer album, Khari has built a bridge from the 1800s to the present day. He is also a band member of Vancouver-based gospel group, The Sojourners.
how to attend
• To virtually attend, please Zoom in using room number 989 3107 9078, passcode: chalice.
• To phone into the service, call 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 989 3107 9078.
For those joining, please mute as soon as you enter the room, so everyone can hear. Please note, the services will be recorded, but at this time, there are no plans to share the recording.