Rev. Al Sharpton to address Chicago students on violence

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Al Sharpton (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Al Sharpton (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Rev. Al Sharpton is set to kick off his first day in Chicago Thursday by addressing students about violence.

The National Action Network (NAN) president is set to speak at Frazier Internation Magnet School (FIMS), teaming up with basketball legend Isiah Thomas and Education for a Better America (EBA).

FIMS, located on Chicago’s West Side, has been recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a National Blue Ribbon School.  The magnet school has achieved 90 percent minority, 90 percent poverty, and 90 percent meeting or exceeding state assessments for the past three years.

The event will kick off the Career Pipeline Initiative at the school.  The initiative will consist of mentoring and career-oriented programs.

Marcus Bright, EBA Executive Director, said, “EBA and NAN will partner with elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, corporations, existing mentorship programs, and other community organizations.  This coalition will build a longitudinal continuum in different career fields from elementary and secondary school to post-secondary educational institutions to careers.”

During the ceremony, Thomas will be awarded the Community Engagement Award from EBA for his efforst to develop youth in the Chicago area and prevent violence.