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Chicago, IL 60602
Rockford Community March after police shooting09-21-2009
By Rev. Ouk-Yean Kim-Jueng, Rockford District Superintendent
Rev. Montel Putney (right) with 97-year-old Mary Lee Crawford (second from right) of Chicago and other marchers.
On September 12, 2009, more than 1,000 people marched in Rockford in response to the shooting of Mark Anthony Barmore
by police in August. Led by the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the local
chapter of the NAACP, over 1,000 people, including union laborers,
clergy, and other leaders of the community peacefully walked together
through West State and Court streets. The purpose of the march was to
lift a united voice of peace, justice, and economic stimulus for the
city of Rockford.
The UMC was represented by Montel Putney (and his wife, Linda) and Brian LeBaron, Charles Sensel (a retired pastor from the Kentucky Annual Conference), a layperson from Freeport Trinity, and me. Although violence affects our communities, I am still hopeful. I met Mary Lee Crawford, an African-American woman who proudly revealed to me her age: 97 years old! And guess what? She came all the way from Chicago to attend the march! I was deeply touched by her commitment to peace and justice.