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Baltimore Pastors Plan Solutions for City Violence

Rev. Jamal Bryant raises his hands as he speaks during a vigil and march for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Rev. Jamal Bryant raises his hands as he speaks during a vigil and march for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

(Baltimore Sun) – Pastors and other community organizers plan to walk some of Baltimore’s most violent blocks on weekend nights from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. this summer.

Midnight basketball tournaments and a new community center for children named for Freddie Gray not far from Gilmor Homes, where he was arrested, are aimed at uniting the city. Gray, 25, died from an injury sustained in police custody prompting protests and rioting.On Father’s Day, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant wants to lead a rally through the streets — clergy, gang members and children alike — bearing coffins, a solemn “visual reminder” of the violence. Baltimore recorded 43 homicides in May, the worst month Baltimore has seen in 40 years.

On Father’s Day, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant wants to lead a rally through the streets — clergy, gang members and children alike — bearing coffins, a solemn “visual reminder” of the violence. Baltimore recorded 43 homicides in May, the worst month Baltimore has seen in 40 years.

Bryant and the Rev. Cornell Showell of the First Apostolic Faith Church announced the anti-crime proposals Tuesday night to a gathering of other religious leaders at the Empowerment Temple, where Bryant is pastor.

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