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National radio and television host the Rev. Al Sharpton is making Chicago his temporary home over the next few months in order to draw attention to the city’s gun-related violence.

Sharpton plans to rent an apartment on the West Side and host his weekly radio show from the city. The renowned civil rights leader and political activist made his announcement during a Sunday Oct. 20, press conference at Sankofa Cultural Arts Center, 5820 W. Chicago.

Sharpton heads the activist organization, National Action Network, and hosts Politics Nation weekdays on MSNBC.

Gun violence, Sharpton says, is not a Chicago problem but a national problem. The reverend plans to highlight local leaders’ efforts to reverse the trend. Sharpton was invited to Chicago by the LEADER’s Network, an activist group of West Side pastors.

Courtesy of Sankofa Cultural Arts Center