Rooftop Revelations: Pastor Brooks' son discusses the hardships of growing up on Chicago's South Side

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CHICAGO – In a time when many preachers, teachers and police officers do not live in the neighborhood that they work in, Pastor Corey Brooks decided with his wife years ago that they would raise their children in Woodlawn, one of the toughest neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago. With his talents and charisma, he could easily headline a megachurch in one of Chicago’s affluent suburbs. However, the pastor knew, in the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, that “people don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Scores of people have come through the South Side with their solutions or preconceived notions, including Rev. Al Sharpton, and nearly all have left, mystified. The only way for Brooks to truly understand the South Side and its distinct heartbeat was to become one with its people. The sacrifice he made was that he and his wife raised their children in an environment where they were exposed to things that most Americans never see in their lifetimes. 

On the 45th day of his 100-day rooftop vigil to raise funds for a community center designed to transform the lives of local

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