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Sharpton to do anti-violence work in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Rev. Al Sharpton says he's making plans to spend a few months in Chicago to work on anti-violence efforts.

He was in Chicago Sunday to talk at a prominent West Side church that's led anti-violence initiatives, including day camps.

Sharpton tells The Associated Press he'll return in September, rent an apartment and work with the Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church.

Sharpton is gearing up for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this August.

The head of the National Action Network says he doesn't know his exact focus but that there are lessons other cities can learn. He says the idea is to give more attention to the problem. Sharpton plans to do his television appearances from the city, including as an MSNBC commentator.

In the 1960's, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also rented an apartment in Chicago and led marches citywide.

Sharpton has been working with King's oldest son, Martin Luther King III.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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