Rev. Al Sharpton was serious about moving to Chicago to continue efforts that curb gun violence in the city. So serious that he actually rented an apartment on Chicago’s west side.

Now, the civil rights activists is turning his attention to a group of students at Frazier International Magnet School.

In conjunction with the National Action Network and Education for a Better America, Sharpton will highlight the achievements of the school and develop a plan to help its students.

From National Action Network:

 In 2010, FIMS was the only school in the state of Illinois to achieve the 90 percent minority, 90 percent poverty (eligible for free or reduced lunch), 90 percent meeting or exceeding on the state assessment distinction. The school has repeated this feat for an unprecedented three years. Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized the FIMS as a National Blue Ribbon School

National Action Network President and MSNBC PoliticsNation Host Reverend Al Sharpton will keynote the program and a “Best Practices Forum” will follow Reverend Sharpton’s address. EBA will also present FIMS with their 2013 Beacon Award for Excellence in Urban Education. NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, will be presented with the EBA Community Engagement Award for his efforts to develop youth and prevent violence in the Chicago area.

Read more at National Action Network

The event is part of a larger initiative that seeks to mentor youth and provide programming geared towards career awareness and enrichment.

The coalition will partner with elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, corporations, existing mentorship programs, and other community organizations.

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