Hometown Rallies for Trayvon Draw National Support

Rev. Al Sharpton, Chaka Khan and Alonzo Mourning gathered over the weekend in downtown Miami to fight for the arrest of George Zimmerman.

Posted: 04/02/2012 01:00 PM EDT

Trayvon Martin’s spirit was not forgotten this past weekend in Florida as thousands of supporters gathered to honor the teen and fight for the arrest of his killer, George Zimmerman.  


On Saturday, the NAACP hosted a march from Crooms Academy of Information Technology, the county’s first high school for Black students, to the Sanford Police Department. A dozen buses brought protestors from across the country whose shirts and handmade posters read, “Hoodies Don’t Kill People, Guns Kill People” and “Mother’s Tears Have No Color.”


“We live in the middle of an American paradox,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd. “We can put a Black man in the White House, but we cannot walk a Black child through a gated neighborhood. We are not selling out, bowing out or backing down until there is justice for Trayvon.”


Rev. Jesse Jackson stood among other civil rights leaders during the two-hour rally following the half-mile march.


The NAACP wasn’t the only organization hosting hometown rallies this past weekend, however. On Sunday, Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson organized another march for Trayvon’s family that drew celebrities like Chaka Khan and Alonzo Mourning.


The 17-year-old’s parents spoke to the crowd, saying they were encouraged by the presence of Miamians.


"Trayvon was my guy," Tracy Martin said, adding, his son was "all our Trayvon."


Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the rally was perhaps the most meaningful one so far.


"We've been to a lot of places, but this means the most to us," she said.


Across the country hundreds of protests have arisen in response to the death of Trayvon, who was shot to death on February 26 and whose killer, George Zimmerman, has not been arrested.


The protesters have promised to keep fighting until Zimmerman is behind bars.


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