Trayvon Martin: March demanding justice planned in South L.A.
Community activists will stage a march in South Los Angeles on Sunday to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the black Florida high school student whose shooting death has grabbed the attention of President Obama, the Department of Justice and civil rights groups across the nation.
The march will begin at 2 p.m. at the corner of Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards and feature such organizations as Occupy the Hood Los Angeles, Palisadians for Peace, School of the Americas Watch and the Los Angeles Workers’ Center. The march will conclude in Leimert Park, where organizers will conduct a rally.
A day later, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and members of the Baptist Ministers Conference will hold a public prayer for the Trayvon Martin task force, which was formed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week to investigate Martin’s death. The prayer will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, 802 E. 46th St. in Los Angeles.
Martin was shot and killed Feb. 26 in his hometown of Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was on his way home from buying Skittles and iced tea and was unarmed. Zimmerman claimed self-defense under Florida’s "stand your ground" law and has not been arrested.
The killing has sparked protests from civil rights leaders and prompted Obama on Friday to call for a thorough investigation, saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
-- David Zahniser
Photo: Trayvon Martin; Credit: Family photo