Kwesi Ronald Harris is more than just the Director of the African American Male Resource
Center at Chicago State University, he is also a survivor who is still battling prostate
cancer, as well as a close friend of recording star Lupe Fiasco.
So much so that the first single of Lupe Fiasco's new album Tetsuo & Youth, entitled
Mission, is an tribute to cancer survivors like Kwesi. In a recent MSNBC interview,
Fiasco discussed the inspiration for the song:
"My grandmother passed away from cancer, but it was very sudden," Lupe said. "It wasn't
a drawn out kind of battle or fight. And that was a few years ago. And just recently
I had a few friends and different people in my life, specifically a professor at Chicago
State University named [Kwesi], Brother [Kwesi], who developed cancer last year. And
his reaction to it was he was gonna fight it. And fight it in a very bold, aggressive,
vigorous kind of manner. It was the first time I'd ever seen a close friend of mine
battling with cancer. Battling a disease on that level. And the music that I make
has to be relative to what I do or who I'm around or personal or what have you. It
was kinda like 'Hmm, Kwesi needs a song,'" he added
While Kwesi continues his personal battle, he is also working to raise money for the
Lurie Cancer Research Center Walk on June 1. Help Kwesi in his effort to lead the
battle to cure cancer by donating HERE.
Listen to "Mission" HERE.
Watch Lupe Fiasco on MSNBC HERE.
Listen to Kwesi talk about his battle HERE.