CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — “Evangelist Charlette” Jones isn’t your typical performer. While some singers may incorporate a lyric or two here and there to comment on social conditions, Jones brings the issues center stage.
As a cousin of Emmett Till, an African-American teen murdered in the deep South during the 1950s, she has made it her life’s work to both tell Emmett’s story and encourage people to confront issues surrounding race.
“People of color experience racism every day,” notes the Evangelist. “Not everyone is a racist, obviously. But until we start talking about it, we can’t work through it.”
Jones volunteers her time with at-risk youth in both Central Illinois and Chicago’s south side. Her group, Women Encouraging Sons, seeks to build a network of concerned mothers who can support one another and empower each other to work on behalf of their community-family.
Her group will perform Saturday afternoon (7/8) at the Urbana Free Library.