Sharpton to do anti-violence work in Chicago

July 1, 2013

The Associated Press

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The Rev. Al Sharpton says he's making plans to spend a few months in Chicago to work on anti-violence efforts.

He was in Chicago Sunday to talk at a prominent West Side church that's led anti-violence initiatives, including day camps.

Sharpton tells The Associated Press he'll return in September, rent an apartment and work with the Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church.

Sharpton is gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this August.

The head of the National Action Network says he doesn't know his exact focus but that there are lessons other cities can learn. He says the idea is to give more attention to the problem. Sharpton plans to do his television appearances from the city, including as an MSNBC commentator.