Billed as a "National Unity Summit" for gang members from across the city, hardly any showed up to Saturday's event, a gathering endorsed by the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights activists and clergy. Sharpton did not attend the event.
The audience comprised mostly grieving relatives of Chicago's homicide victims and
representatives from anti-violence groups (about 20 people)
The Rev. Gregory Tatum, a Los Angeles-based minister originally from Chicago,
and his wife paid for the summit. He said he tried to provide busing for 200 to
300 gang members from around the city, but the event drew no more than a couple
of dozen gang members.
Tio Hardiman also said attendance Saturday was low because many gang members sleep
until the late morning or early afternoon. Saturday's program ran from 8 a.m. to