CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago minister walking from New York to Los Angeles against violence is in eastern Indiana today, and he says he’s been moved by the compassion of Americans he’s met along the way.
As WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports, Rev. Corey Brooks says he’s faced rejection, thunderstorms, intense heat and food poisoning.
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“But yet we’re still undaunted,” Brooks said. “We’re not going to give up. We’re not going to quit.”
He’s 700 miles into a 3000 mile walk, and he’s traveling with his sons and some other church members. He said he’s been pleasantly surprised with their reception in certain areas.
“Well the thing that strikes us most probably is the compassion of people along the way,” he said. “We’ve been in some tough areas that people would think that we would not be welcomed because of the color of our skin.”
One of those areas is Elwood, Ind.
“Elwood is the home of the Ku Klux Klan; that’s where it originated,” he said. “They were coming and blowing their horns in support, stopping and giving us money. I have never seen anything like it,”
Brooks said there has been some hate as well, and some can’t grasp his message for people to stop shooting each other but he’s pressing on.
He will be in Chicago this weekend.