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.
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.