Thousands rally for slain black teen Trayvon Martin
Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III joined Martin's parents at the rally.
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Fulton was teary-eyed when she addressed the crowd, telling them "we want justice for Trayvon" before referencing a popular Bible verse when she said she had been reminded to "trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not on thy own understanding" during the past month.Skip to next paragraph
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Tracy Martin thanked the rally goers.
"If Trayvon were here, he would have been here tonight," he said. "He was a people person. Let's get justice for your son."
Familiar chants like "No justice, no peace" were also sung throughout the night. At least four charter buses from Atlanta brought rally goers.
Martin's parents both spoke to the crowd just hours after they sat down with Scott who announced that the local state attorney, Norman Wolfinger, had recused himself from the case. In a letter to Scott, Wolfinger said that while he thought he could fairly oversee any prosecution that develops in the case, his recusal was aimed at "toning down the rhetoric and preserving the integrity of the investigation."
Scott appointed Angela B. Corey, the state attorney for the Jacksonville area, to take over the case.
That announcement by the attorney for Martin's parents brought a loud cheer.
"We've still gotta hold everybody accountable until there's an arrest," attorney Benjamin Crump beckoned the crowd.
Sharpton took up an impromptu monetary collection for Martin's parents. He started it off with a $2,500 pledge and he was joined by Greg Mathis and Baisden who both pledged $10,000 each. Former New York Gov. David Paterson also gave $2,000. Paterson was among several state and national politicians at the rally.
Buckets were also passed throughout the crowd with Sharpton telling them "Y'all show the world we're gonna finance our own movement."
There was a brief moment of booing, when Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett addressed the crowd.
But U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown quickly quieted it when she told them how Triplett flew to Washington, D.C., and met with congressmen for five hours about the case and helped get the 911 tapes released to the public, which generated a social media buzz that propelled the case nationally.
"Now we are working on this issue," she said. "And everybody didn't want him working on this issue."
Dick Gregory, a comedian who uses humor to convey his civil rights message, said the steady pressure should be the goal going forward.
"All you have to do is be a turtle," he said. "Hard on the outside, soft on the inside and willing to stick your neck out."