Loretta A. Ragsdell asks:
“He’s trying to stop the violence, because the killings are senseless killings for no reason at all, and it doesn’t make sense. I think he can be successful, but he can’t do it by himself. It takes a lot of people and their families. It’ll take parents.
“I found out about this because I just walked up on it.”
“I think it’s an awesome idea. I think that it should have been done, and I think it’s going to be something powerful coming from the message the minister is going to bring today.
“I found out by just running into it. I think it should be publicized through a lot of different ways, even if you have to go through Facebook in order to get the younger ones. I think this is a great and awesome thing to come to our community.”
“I am a business owner in the community, so I got several calls and I possibly got an email about today’s event. I like Minister Farrakhan and what he is doing holistically for African-American men, so I am a huge supporter if he can come into the North Lawndale community, and help us work on an initiative for stopping the violence.
“I think what he is doing can work hand in hand with what Rahm Emanuel is doing. It’s not necessarily about who the messenger is, but the message, and they both got messages about anti violence.”
Minister K.G. Wilson
“First, I just want to say, I am honored to be here. Chicago is my hometown, born and raised here though I’m living in Minnesota. I am a national peace activist. I think it’s an awesome thing. I think it should have been done years before now.
“I wouldn’t be who I am today, if it wasn’t for the minister and his teaching and him just allowing me to understand who I am as a black man, as a black leader, as a father, not only to my children, but a father in the community as a role model. I think us coming together like this with the minister making that call is one of the most historical things I have seen done in Chicago.”
“Well my sister called me and told me about it. She said they sent out robo phone calls, but they didn’t call me because I have a new phone so they don’t have my number.
“I think it is wonderful that he is coming here, because a lot of our youth need this. They need to hear something positive, because there is so much negativity in our community. We need this.”