It was originally called the National Gang Summit, but organizers changed the name of the two-day event to the National Unity Summit.
They say it’s all about unity and bringing together former and current gang members with religious leaders, activists, and people who have lost loved ones to violence to talk about solutions.
This event was the vision of Dr. Gregory Tatum who grew up in Cabrini Green, but now lives in California. Because Tatum does not live in Chicago, some religious leaders here were hesitant to get involved. Tatum says his team has been working to pull together a coalition of people to address these critical issues with Reverend Al Sharpton even issuing a plea for involvement.
The summit is happening Friday and Saturday at House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street, in Chicago.
Organizers provided this agenda for the summit:
– September 27th
6:00pm – 9:00 pm
Prayer Vigil for families of victims
– September 28th
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The focus is on education and change. The agenda consists of workshops focusing on the influence of music, social media, parent detection, etc.; panel discussion with experts, former gang members, etc.; and business leaders will also be talking to the youth about jobs and internships. The Jesse White tumblers will also be performing.