The Rev. Corey Brooks spent three months living on top of an abandoned West Woodlawn motel to call attention to the violence plaguing the community and to raise money for the cause. Now he’s taking his mission on the road.
Brooks announced Sunday at his packed South Side church that he will walk across America — from New York City to Los Angeles— this summer with the same goals.
“I believe God put me on Earth to bring attention to violence in inner cities,” he told hundreds of parishioners at New Beginnings Church, 6620 S. King Dr.
Brooks said he will begin walking in Times Square on June 5. Organizers don’t yet know how long it will take to complete the nearly 3,000 mile walk.
“I’ll be back,” he told worshipers who clapped and murmured with excitement.
Brooks' rooftop stand drew national attention, and visits from politicians as well as dozens of Occupy Chicago protesters to show support. In the end, a pledge of $100,000 from movie mogul Tyler Perry provided the final push for reaching the pastor's goal of raising $450,000 to buy and demolish the decrepit motel, a haven for drugs and prostitution.
On Sunday, Rabbi Michael Siegel spoke to Brooks’ congregation. The rabbi likened the pastor’s mission to the civil rights marches in Selma, Ala.
“When we pray with our feet, we change the world,” he said drawing inspiration from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, in Selma.
Worshiper Pamela Allen said Brooks’ mission is “amazing.”
“It’s not about notoriety,” said Allen, 56. “It’s about stopping the shooting.”Copyright © 2015, CT Now