Initially I wanted to visit the Unforgotten memorial statues and see the artful homages being paid to the victims of senseless gun violence; after learning about the St. Sabina peace rally, I knew that this event might be my last chance to visit the Unforgotten.
It was a 30+ minute drive to St. Sabina but a trip very much worth taking. Upon arrival, the first thing I saw was a beautifully diversified crowd of people coming together to promote unity and peacefully protest the senseless violence plaguing communities throughout Chicagoland. I’d asked a few people to attend the peace rally with me but no one wanted to go so, being on a mission to visit the Unforgotten, I went by myself. Initially I was nervous, maybe a little afraid, but the minute my eyes caught the memorial statues, the weight of my anxiety lifted, I put my camera strap around my neck, placed my tablet into its camera mount, connected the Bluetooth trigger and commenced to capturing images of: The Unforgotten, the crowd, the church, the surrounding area, the famous people (Spike Lee, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson), everything and everyone around me, and it was AMAZING! I’m so glad I was in attendance because I left the rally with a renewed sense of hope, still believing that there can be brighter days ahead, understanding how much work it is going to take and the importance of adhering to one-step-at-a-time.