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Sharpton moving to Chicago to focus on gun violence

Mahogany Linebarger | 8/1/2013, 11:10 a.m. | Updated on 8/1/2013, 11:10 a.m.

In an effort to help community leaders, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he is moving to Chicago for a few months. He will be working to bring national attention to youth gun violence.

Sharpton will be making the move in September. He told a group of Chicago churchgoers that he would partner with anti-violence community groups, church leaders and activists to shed light on gun violence in the U.S.

While visiting the Greater St. John Church, Sharpton made mention that the goals for his work in Chicago are very similar to those of Martin Luther King Jr.: focusing his efforts on peaceful, community-based programs that will target the youth in the efforts of curbing the issue of gun violence not only in Chicago, but in the rest of the country.

In a rhythmic tone, he told the group of churchgoers that he and Martin Luther King III “are going to take an apartment on the West Side and stay among the people and walk children to school … building a model program against gun violence in this country.”

Sharpton also brought attention to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. He also mentioned to the group that he and Martin Luther King III would be holding a march in Chicago this August.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sharpton spoke about his motivations for moving to Chicago. “We don’t have all the answers, but we need to raise all the questions publicly and consistently,” he said. “Consistent attention forces a consistent change.”