This morning at 7:30am the Reverend Corey Brooks will depart Bedford, PA, and will walk some 32 miles to Boswell, PA, where he hopes to be by dinnertime. For the Chicago pastor, it's the latest leg of a planned walk across America, a journey that began in New York City and will end in Los Angeles. Brooks' aim is two-fold: to call attention to the alarming levels of violence in Chicago and to raise money for a community center in his south side neighborhood (for more on those plans and/or to follow his journey, check out the site for Project HOOD). His transcontinental ambitions have garnered the attention of major news outlets such as Good Morning America, making his one of the more celebrated religious responses to rising gun violence in the Windy City.
|The Reverend Corey Brooks on his walk across America|
|6-year-old Aliyah Shell was shot on her front porch in the Little Village neighborhood in March 2012|
|A photo from the April march against violence in Chicago|
In the years to come, historians of religion and violence will have a complicated tale to tell about early-twenty-first-century Chicago. In the meantime, I count myself amongst the many ordinary folks who long for peace.