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Former gang members hope to spark change in Saginaw

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(12/05/13) - Saginaw is known as one of the most violent places in the country. It's an unwanted title that's spurring some people to action.

Thursday, three generations of men with troubled pasts, but hopeful futures, started a conversation they believe can spark change. They were joined by nationally known preacher and gospel recording artist Bishop Richard White, from New Jersey.

The group met at the Greater Coleman Temple Outreach Campus, as part of the churches three day revival.

A majority of the men who took part in the conversation, including Bishop White, have a tough past, but they're working to turn their lives around, and they want to make a difference. Former gang members, some who've spent time in prison, sat side by side, to share what they've been through, and what they can do to stop other young men from committing the same types of crimes before it's too late.

Pastor Hurley Coleman says the conversation is a good start to bring some much needed change to Saginaw.

"It would be mind blowing for some people in leadership, in elected office to sit down and listen to some of this real talk so that they have an understanding on how to make some real decisions," he said.

Many of the men plan to follow through by becoming mentors in the community.

Coleman Temple's revival continues Thursday and Friday night at 7.
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