SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) — A march took place Saturday in the Florida town where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

Thousands of people carried signs, wore T-shirts with the teen’s image, and chanted “Justice for Trayvon” as they marched to the Sanford Police Department. The march was organized by the NAACP and was one of several taking place over the weekend.

Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, spoke during the two-hour rally which followed the half-mile march.

“We live in the middle of an American paradox,” Rev. 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.”

“This is not about a hoodie, it’s about racial profiling,” Jackson said. “We will use our marching feet, civil disobedience and every weapon in our non-violent arsenal until justice is served.”

A dozen buses from across the state brought protesters to the rally. Shirley Roulhac-Lumpkin came with a group from Miami Gardens.

“I come from an era where people wore white hoods and nobody arrested the KKK,” Roulhac-Lumpkin said. “Wearing a hoodie does not mean you’re a hoodlum.”

Gary Marion, a nurse who grew up in Sanford, said the Sanford police department is known “as a good ol’ boy network and this incident sends a message that our children are worth nothing. I would like to see the chief of police charged with obstruction of justice.”

Most of the protesters wore T-shirts with images of Trayvon Martin and many carried handmade posters with messages that read, “Hoodies Don’t Kill People, Guns Kill People” and “Mother’s Tears Have No Color.”

“We come to make sense of this great tragedy and the entire world grieves with us,” said Roslyn Brock, who chairs the national board of directors for the NAACP. “When the Sanford police did not arrest George Zimmerman, they essentially placed the burden of proof on a dead young man who cannot speak for himself.”

Another massive “Justice For Trayvon” rally is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Miami’s Bayfront Park, hosted by U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

The shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26th has exploded into a national debate about racial profiling and self-defense laws.

The case has stirred marches and rallies around the nation, merited comment from President Barack Obama, led to the resignation of the Sanford police chief and brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Martin, of Miami Gardens, was walking home from a Sanford convenience store when he was spotted by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who called a police dispatcher to report Martin as suspicious. There was a confrontation, and Martin was shot. Zimmerman has told detectives he shot Martin in self-defense after the teen attacked him.

But critics, including Martin’s parents, say recently released police surveillance video shows Zimmerman without any obvious face or head injuries.

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Comments (29)
  1. dom goor says:

    What no Yellow Panthers???

  2. Aunt Blabby says:

    What a great time for a drive by shooting……..

    1. Beverly says:

      You obviously have the same racist mentality as Zimmerman and the Sanford Police Department. If it were YOUR child, you’d be the main one crying,and Trayvon would have been UNDER the jail that same night! By the way, if you or anyone else did a drive-by on us,IT STILL WOULDN’T STOP US!. Bullies hate to see someone stand up for the victim. It’s not the 50′ anymore! DEAL WITH IT!!!!!

  3. WILL says:


    1. Beverly says:

      Sharpton and Jackson ARE NOT racists! We ARE calm! No one is rioting! You are just mad because we stood up and said STALKING AND SHOOTING an unarmed child without being CHARGED IS NOT ALRIGHT! This isn’t the 50’S ANYMORE! Deal with it!!!!

      1. Silvermoney says:

        Not racists? tawana brawley and the Duke lacrosse circus. Need I say more? Yes I will say more. O.J. saws a womans head off and when he is acquitted, 98% of the black population have a joyous celebration, including rev jessica and fat mouth al.That is the sign of a very sick race. Get off the crack lady and face reality. You say STALKING AND SHOOTING an unarmed child. He was 17, over 6 foot , tatooed, gold tooth, nickname No limit N____ and his phrase was “kill them all”. And you don’t know what happened that night yet.YOU WERE NOT THERE. You BEVERLY have pronounced Zimmerman guilty because he is white and hispanic. That is a definition of a RA C1ST.A wh1 te or as1 an is 7 times morely likely to be murd er ed by a b1 ack than vice a versa.(FBI statistics)and you are just 12% of the population.. So quit your whining. If going by statistics there should have been 6 more 1lacks k1l led to even out the score. How do you feel about that? Haven’t your people MURDERED enough?You are so stupid.

  4. Infidel says:

    Where are these two buffoons when “their” people need them at the funeral shooting gallery? Why aren’t Sharpton and Jackson talking to the people of Miami Gardens and the black people that can’t control their gang problems in their neighborhoods? Not enough cameras? Not enough national exposure? Sharpton and Jackson are vultures that feed on the misery of others…. as long as they get enough face-time in front of a camera. Sharpton is a joke and a waste of skin. Jesse Jackson is a has-been with no credibility. Both of these self-proclaimed saviors of the black plight are phonies, publicity hounds, and a total joke.

    1. Beverly says:

      Sharpton and Jackson ARE NOT bufoons! They are very well-educated,well-read, and FEARLESS! We NEEDED someone to stand up for us! We don’t need your permission nor do you tell us who our leaders should be! We are standing up for an unarmed child that was stalked and killed and the killer was NOT charged! I know you don’t like it. Too bad.

      1. ralph sunday says:

        What?????? you said that like you really believe it..

  5. joey says:

    @ Aunt Blabby… a great time for a drive by, by one of their own. You know, thin the herd a little!

  6. Charlie says:

    Why not the same outrage when a black shoots another black?

    1. Silvermoney says:

      Because the rev jessica and fat mouth al will not hold marches in the black neighborhoods. Too dangerous. Much safer for them protesting in a white area.

  7. Charlie says:

    That happens way more often,,,,

  8. Freddy says:

    What a shame to the black community having the two worst blacks represent them ..this has really turned back what progress as a people we may have built,there can never be a white black America as long as there are Sharptons and Jacksons they are racist at hart and the black community knows this and supports them.

  9. ron says:

    everyone wore Tshirrts with travons picture on it ?? how old was he in these pictures ? 5 or 8

  10. Hank says:

    Dude needs to retired, he’s color blind… He calling mexicans white people now, what’s next calling china mexican?

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  12. Silvermoney says:

    Breaking news. Video expert Doug Carner has enhanced the Zimmerman video and it shows two lumps on the back of Zimmermans head. I think what happened was that once Zimmerman pulled out his gun when they were on the ground, they both were possibly grabbing the gun and then travyon starting screaming since the tide was turning.