Trayvon Martin hoodie and Skittles rallies spread across nation
From Atlanta to Seattle, rallies were held this weekend calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. More Trayvon Martin rallies are planned for today.
In Phoenix, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Seattle, and Nashville, hundreds of people turned out for rallies and marches this weekend. Many were dressed in hoodies, the same garb worn by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin when he was shot by a Florida neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman on Feb. 26.Skip to next paragraph
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More rallies, prayer vigils, and hoodie protests are planned this week.
About 500 people turned out for a rally and march Sunday afternoon in downtown Phoenix to honor the unarmed black Florida teenager that police say was fatally shot by the neighborhood-watch volunteer.
"This is not about Black or White or red, green or yellow. This is about a young man on his way back to meet with his family. ... That young man paid a dear price with his life," the Rev. Oscar Tillman told the crowd, according to The Arizona Republic.
In Birmingham, Alabama, more than 400 people attended a ceremony held in a downtown park Sunday night for Trayvon Martin. They gathered at a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor William Bell was among those attending the vigil in Birmingham. He says justice hasn't been done in the case.
A similar vigil was held at the civil rights memorial in Montgomery, Ala., where many demonstrators wore hoodies and carried iced teas. That's what authorities say Martin was doing when he was fatally wounded while visiting family in Sanford, Fla.
In Oklahoma City, dozens of Oklahomans wearing hooded sweatshirts and holding bags of Skittles joined a chorus of protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.
Demonstrators held signs, chanted slogans like, "No justice, no peace" and called for action Sunday in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Police say Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old Feb. 26 as he was returning from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and some tea.
Officers say Zimmerman told them he shot the teen in self-defense and no arrests have been made. Federal investigators are trying to determine if Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was black.
Protest organizer Ashley McMillan says she has a son who is biracial and can't imagine him being killed because he is black.