Students Stage Major Rally Monday To Protest Death Of Trayvon Martin
College students are joining civil rights leaders and others on Monday to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last month. Protests and rallies have happened around the country over the past two weeks. Over 10 thousand people, including some from Atlanta traveled to Sanford Florida on Thursday. People around the country on Sunday wore hoodie sweatshirts to church services as part of their protest regarding the unarmed teens death.
On Monday March 26, student leaders from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, John Marshall Law School 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 Martin’s killer George Zimmerman to remain free from arrest.
The “I am Trayvon Martin” march and rally in Georgia is slated to get underway 5:30pm on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol. (Attendees are encouraged to bring bags skittles and wear hoodies.)
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.