The William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, the flagship program of Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI), has named its 2020-2022 class. The William C. Friday Fellowship is a competitive statewide program for cross-sector leaders that seats fewer than 30 individuals across North Carolina every two-year cycle. Nineteen North Carolina counties are represented in this 11th Class of Friday Fellows.
Kelly McRell of Mecklenburg County is a Practical Theologian who uses her creativity to foster spaces that include, honor, and celebrate all bodies. Kelly carries a heart full of gratitude for the various individuals who have called her into the work of love and justice, especially Nikkeia Lee of The Possibility Project-Charlotte. Kelly works as the Connect, Family, and Outreach Minister at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte. In 2017–2018, Kelly participated in the Arts and Science Council Cultural Leadership Training. Kelly was a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 37 and volunteers with the Rainbow Express Ministries. Kelly sits on the board of The Possibility Project-Charlotte.