Chicago athletes, community members attend forum on violence

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CHICAGO -- A group of Chicago athletes met today at a South Side YMCA to take part in a forum on race and violence.

The forum was part of a ESPN special airing Thursday night.

It was also a call to action and hilighted athletes who believe they should also play a role as activists for social change.

It was hosted Jemele Hill who says the city's struggles with gun violence reflect issues facing the entire country. Prominent athletes served as panelists including NBA star Jabari Parker who said he wants to use his platform to let the young people of Chicago know that he cares.

Another Chicago native, WNBA star Cappie Pondexter, talked about losing family members to gun violence. She encouraged the young people in the audience "to be who you are. That's enough."

Other familiar faces at the taping included Father Michael Pfleger and Chicago spoken word artist Malcolm London.

There was also a representative from Chicago Police who spoke to the audience.