ATLANTA (WAOK)- The tide of emotion surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin continues to rise around the country. College students are joining civil rights leaders to protest the shooting death of the unarmed teen in Sanford Florida last month. Here are a list of events being planned in the Atlanta Metro area over the next few days.
Sunday March 25
Ebenezer Baptist Church will hold a “Hoodie Sunday” service to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. The service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 407 Auburn Ave. The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock will deliver the sermon in a hoodie. Members of the choir, ministers, deacons and deaconesses as well as church members are also expected to wear hoodies.
‘We are saying that we, too, are wearing hoodies because we, too, are Trayvon Martin,” Warnock said in a statement. “State of Florida, do we look threatening? Are we, like Trayvon Martin, also in danger?”
Elizabeth Baptist Church is also asking members to bring bags of skittles to church on Sunday that will be mailed to law enforcement in Sanford Florida.
Elizabeth Baptist will also join Clark Atlanta students later in the week. More info on that below.
Monday March 26
Student leaders from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, John Marshall Law School and other area schools will be joined by local, state and regional leaders from the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta, NAACP and other groups on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol in a mass “I AM TRAYVON MARTIN” march and rally aimed at amending or abolishing Georgia’s version of the Florida “Standing Your Ground” law that is allowing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman to remain free from arrest.
THE “I am Trayvon Martin” MARCH AND RALLY IN GEORGIA IS SLATED FOR MONDAY, MARCH 26TH AT 5:30PM AT THE GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL!!!!…. (Attendees are encouraged to bring bags skittles and wear hoodies.)
Students at Clayton State College will also hold a walkout on Monday at the Amphitheatre.
Wednesday March 28
Elizabeth Baptist Church will join students from Clark Atlanta University for the Peace in the Hood Rally, Wednesday, March 28 at 4 pm in the quadrangle located on Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was returning from a run to the convenience store when George Zimmerman, starting following him through a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman told police dispatchers that the youth looked suspicious. He was later found to be unarmed and was carrying Skittles and a iced tea drink. Zimmerman has not been arrested in a case that has riveted the nation.
The Justice Department and FBI now are investigating the killing, and a state grand jury is being convened to determine if charges should be brought. President Obama even weighed in Friday saying that it was important that “every aspect” of the case be investigated to determine what happened. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” the president said.