Hadiya Pendleton's Mom to Speak at 'Creating Peace on Chicago Streets'

By Patty Wetli on March 18, 2013 9:42am 

 Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton is expected to take part in an anti-violence forum at North Park University's "Creating Peace on Chicago Streets."
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton is expected to take part in an anti-violence forum at North Park University's "Creating Peace on Chicago Streets."
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NORTH PARK — The mother of Hadiya Pendleton, the King College Prep student whose death shocked the nation, is expected to be among the speakers at "Creating Peace on Chicago Streets."

The event, scheduled for Wednesday at North Park University, is intended as a day of worship, prayer, dialogue and action to establish a culture of peace and nonviolence in Chicago. It's free and open to the public.

Parents of teens killed as a result of violent acts are among the scheduled speakers. They include Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Ronald Holt, father of Blair Holt, killed when he shielded a friend from gunfire in 2007; and Pamela Hester Jones, mother of Lazarus Jones, murdered by strangers in 2007.

The day's activities will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a worship service in the university's Anderson Chapel (campus map found here), featuring the Rev. Corey B. Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church.

A panel discussion on ways to counteract violence in Chicago is set for 3:30 p.m. in Hamming Hall. The aforementioned parents, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) and Mark Walsh, campaign director for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, are among those expected to participate in the forum.

After the forum, around 6 p.m., a prayer walk will step off from Hamming Hall and work its way through Albany Park, stopping at both scenes of violence and places of hope.

 

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