Rev. Corey Brooks Continues His Cross Country March Against Gun Violence
Brooks began his march in June, saying he was ”going to do it one step at a time, with a lot of commitment a lot of determination, and a lot of support from people across the country – specifically from the people in Chicago,” Brooks said. “We’re really looking forward to a great journey and trying to bring attention and awareness to gun violence, along with raising $15 million, so we’re going to do everything we can to help the city of Chicago.”
During the winter, Brooks made news when he camped out on the rooftop of an abandoned hotel that had been the site of drug trafficking and prostitution . He remained there until someone agreed to donate enough money to have the hotel demolished. Tyler Perry heard about Brooks’ efforts on the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show’ and donated Brooks the money he needed.
Brooks says he’s been moved by the outpouring of emotion from the people he has encountered during his march. He also says that he’s faced rejection, storms and a food poisoning, but is determined to continue.
“But yet we’re still undaunted,” Brooks said. “We’re not going to give up. We’re not going to quit.”
Brooks is 700 miles into a 3000 mile march with his sons and some other parishioners.
Well the thing that strikes us most probably is the compassion of people along the way,” he said.“We’ve been in some tough areas that people would think that we would not be welcomed because of the color of our skin.”
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