Pamela Bosley will always remember the date of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. As the nation reflects on the life of the iconic civil rights leader who was felled by a sniper’s bullet in Memphis April 4, 1968, Bosley continues her own mourning – for the loss of her eldest son.
Thursday she will join other community leaders and residents for an anti-violence march on the city’s West Side. Faith leaders and victims’ family members are expected to participate in the demonstration that is scheduled to kick off from the St. John Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller, and move through the Austin community to 1700 N. Luna.
The march will commemorate the 45th anniversary of King’s murder and call for an end to the current slaughter.
April 4, 2006, Terrell Bosley was in the parking lot of Lights of Zion Baptist Church on the city’s Far South Side, helping a friend carry in drums when he was fatally wounded by gunfire. To date, no one has been arrested in connection with the then-18-year-old’s murder.
The journey from that day to now has been wrenching for Pam Bosley and her family. She openly describes paralyzing days – and ones in which she wanted to take her own life.
At one point, “I tried to take my own life – twice,” Bosley said.
But the mother is now part of the Purpose Over Pain organization that helps grieving mothers cope with the devastating loss of a child to gun or other violence. The group also includes slain teen Blair Holt’s mother, Annette Nance-Holt; Anjanette Albert, mother of Derrion Albert; and one of the latest to join the fold, Hadiya Pendleton’s mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton.
Thursday’s march begins at 5 p.m.