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Arne Duncan To Speak On Youth Violence In Chicago Wednesday

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Dec 28, 2015 9:43PM

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Departing U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has chosen Chicago's St. Sabina church as the location of his farewell address as he steps down from the position this week.

Duncan, a former CEO of Chicago Public Schools who was picked by President Barack Obama as education secretary early on, says he will focus his speech on the problem of violence, according to the Sun-Times, at a time when Chicago is facing seemingly ever-growing problems with gun violence and police brutality.

The speech is titled, “Saving our Kids’ Lives. Taking on the crisis of gun violence that has killed 16,000 children in Chicago.” It will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place, where the reverend and anti-violence activist Michael Pfleger is the pastor.

Pfleger told the Sun-Times he is "good friends" with Duncan and that Duncan called him on Christmas Eve to finalize plans for his speech.