Ferguson anniversary, ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement weigh heavy on Chicago

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CHICAGO -- Father Michael Pfleger has long fought for ending gun violence in Chicago. But at Sunday’s service, he focused on victims who have died elsewhere.

On the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, Lucia McBath, a woman whose son was killed in a racially motivated crime, visited St. Sabina Church in Chicago. Her son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station.

He was parked in a car with friends, playing loud rap music, when Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old white man, told them to turn it down. A fight ensued, and Dunn pulled out a gun, firing into the car.

Pfleger emphasized the “Black Lives Matter” movement during Sunday's service, a movement McBath has made her life’s work. McBath is originally from Joliet, Ill., and comes from a long line of social activists. Her father, Lucien Holman is the former Illinois President of the NAACP.

McBath said in losing her son, she has now found her calling. She says she is here to finish the work her father couldn't.


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