“Gang Summit” Planned in Chicago, Recalling Similar Event Two Decades Ago


Hundreds of gang members will be invited to a summit in Chicago next month in an attempt to broker peace in the bloodiest neighborhoods – 20 years after “gang summits” drew national attention, organizers said yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Rev. Gregory Tatum, a California pastor with Chicago roots, said he hopes the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton will attend the Sept. 27-28 summit. Jackson spoke at a gang summit two decades ago in Chicago, delivering a message to gang members that they were the “new frontier of the civil rights struggle.” Tatum, who grew up in Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green public housing complex, said, “This is a historical moment, this is a national moment.” He added, “Next year, we will go to Los Angeles, then Detroit. The whole goal this year is black on black crime in Chicago.”

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