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Hall of Famer Jim Brown, local pastors meet in effort to reduce youth violence

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former Cleveland Browns running back and Hall of Famer Jim Brown Thursday joined in a meeting with local pastors to discuss a community engagement strategy to impact and reduce youth violence in the area.

The meeting was prompted by recent and "continuous" violence in Cleveland neighborhoods, according to a news release. It  was held at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Sinai Ministries, 7510 Woodland Ave. in Cleveland.

"I know all of you that are ministers help people all the time, but I'm talking about a conscientious group of like-minded individuals that represent the clergy of this country, that represent the community of this country, that represent the business aspect of this country to come together and make a major difference," Brown said.

The 81-year-old said while he may be on his way to another life, he still has a lot of energy. He recognized the work of several in the Cleveland area.

Brown spoke said there is a lot of confusion in our country, but we need to spiritually come together.