Rev. Al Sharpton plans to spend some time in Chicago and work with
local leaders in an effort to stymie violence in the city, the AP
Sharpton was at a talk in Chicago on Sunday regarding the March on Washington's 50th anniversary. He said he hopes to be back in September, stay a
few months in a rented apartment and team up with the
Rev. Ira Acree of the West Side's Greater St. John church, among other
Chicago community leaders leading anti-violence efforts. Acree's church recently began day camp programs meant to keep youth safe and entertained during the summer.
While in Chicago, Sharpton said he would do his television gigs, including commentary for MSNBC, in the city. The specific details of Sharpton's plan are still being worked out.
don't have all the answers, but we need to raise all the questions
publicly and consistently," Sharpton told the AP. "Consistent attention
forces a consistent change."
Over the weekend, two people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in shootings in Chicago.