Grammy Award-winning artist Emmylou Harris will tour this fall with Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, the Milk Carton Kids, Nancy and Beth (featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt), and special guest Robert Plant. The 11-stop tour, called Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, will raise awareness for the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS) will host this singer-songwriter tour in support of the organization’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs to 240,000 by 2020.
“After witnessing firsthand the work of JRS in Ethiopia this past June, I have never been more inspired to champion such a critical cause,” said Harris, a 13-time Grammy-winning artist. “The better angels of our nature call upon us to act with compassion and not with fear in the face of so much suffering.”
Everyone’s journey begins somewhere, and for some that journey includes Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Sicily that serves as a waypoint in a refugee’s search for safety and security.
JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social, and other needs of many of these refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. The scale of this humanitarian crisis is staggering: one in every 122 people is a refugee. More than half are women and children; at least 30 million are under the age of 18.
Funds raised by the concert will support educational programs for refugees around the world. “Education is the one lifesaving intervention offered to displaced people that cannot be taken away,” notes JRS International Director Fr. Thomas H. Smolich S.J.
For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit jrsusa.org/lampedusa.