Rally for peace on South Side has more than a hint of Hollywood

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CHICAGO -- The South Side was a beaming with star power as Father Pfleger led a rally and march for peace Friday night.

Among those in attendance were Spike Lee and cast members of his new movie “Chiraq” along with parents who lost their children to violence.

While the rally was a genuine call for peace tonight, at other times it felt as if this was all part of show business.

The prayers, songs and names of those who died in gun violence were read on the steps of St. Sabina. The message was real and heartfelt.

But way in the back big time Hollywood cameras were rolling as director Spike Lee and other cast members joined the faithful of Father Pfleger.

The first to take the mic was Chicago native Jennifer Hudson who in 2008, lost her mother brother and nephew to gun violence.
Chicagoland native John Cusak was next and appeared to be a man of the cloth. He joked he had to stay in character and he echoed with Father Pfleger had told the crowd.

And while some of this rally may have been done in the name of art, there were consistent reminders that violence in Chicago is very real.

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