Al Sharpton, who is a resident of New York City, is moving to Chicago to stop gun violence there. Sharpton, who announced in July that he planned to move to Chicago, confirmed on Sunday that he plans to rent an apartment on the West Side. ABC News reports that Sharpton’s efforts will be aided by Martin Luther King III, who intends to share the apartment with Sharpton.
Sharpton told ABC, “It’s to really encourage groups that are already doing work. We’re not coming with a new program; we’re coming to put a spotlight and to support those that are doing it.”
Sharpton said that his new residence will not be a permanent one, only a temporary one where he will make periodic visits and broadcast his radio and MSNBC shows. He said, “I’m not moving to Chicago, I’m taking an apartment, and we’re going to be in at least once a week.”
Sharpton’s plans for activism include working with West Side ministers Ira Acree and Marshall Hatch, as well as Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL).
Sharpton may be moving because he’s worn out his welcome in New York; four black clergymen in New York City, calling their group Speak Out Say It Loud, recently joined to oust Sharpton from his perceived post as head of New York’s black community. One said, “While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don’t have money to eat. People need somebody to fight for them.”