Rev. Cory Brooks, known around Chicago as the “Rooftop Pastor,” says his battle against urban violence is akin to the epic struggle between David and Goliath.
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His “New Beginnings Church” is located in arguably America’s most dangerous city for young teens who have been dying from gun violence almost weekly.
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On Tuesday, Brooks plans to start his 3,000-mile walk from New York to Los Angeles to raise funds for a community center in the Chicago neighborhood of Woodlawn and draw attention to his city’s issues with youth violence, The Chicago Tribune reports. His two sons Desmond Marshall, 22, and Cobe, 11, will join him on the journey.
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“It will bring attention to this major epidemic,” Marshall told The Tribune.
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Tyler Perry has already given the pastor $100,000 towards the $450,000 needed to purchase an abandoned building. Brooks hopes his 3,000-mile journey will help him raise 15 million dollars to build a model in its place.
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