Two years ago today, unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in a Florida gated community – and this evening in Atlanta an examination of gun control, what children can do to protect themselves and how the community is healing, since, will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
A 6:30 p.m. candlelight vigil hosted by The Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. (GMAC) will precede the activities on the main plaza of the historic sanctuary. And then Tiffany Cochran, former weekend morning anchor/reporter for 11 Alive News and current Communications Director of the Atlanta office of The Cochran Firm, will moderate a panel including: State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia); Doug Shipman, CEO of the National Center for Human and Civil Rights; Mawuli Mel Davis, attorney; and Ronnie Mosley, Morehouse student activist and founder, Millennials Movement.
“It is imperative that we all work together collectively to repeal laws that endanger the lives of our children,” State Rep. Dawkins-Haigler said in a press release for the event (referring in part to the Stand Your Ground laws). “I hope this important discussion will inspire parents, families and other members of our community to remain actively involved in the legislative process and make their voices heard.”
“As an attorney who works for a firm that focuses on social justice issues, I believe we must address the underlying message that is being sent to our children when the men who killed Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are not convicted,” added Davis, partner at the law firm of Davis Bozeman, in the same release. “I applaud Jack and Jill of America Inc. for creating the space for this much-needed conversation.”