Shooting Death Of Florida Teen Sparks Nationwide Movement

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One month after the shooting death of a Florida teen, the movement for action has spread across the nation –– including three straight days of rallies in Dallas.

On Sunday, the Dallas Peace Center became the latest local organization to gather in the memory of Trayvon Martin. A couple hundred people stood on the grass at Dealey Plaza. They called for justice, sometimes shouted in anger, and then prayed for peace.

The choice of the location for the rally, where President John F. Kennedy was shot, was not a coincidence. “That symbolized a man that had done so much good for the community and for the world,” said Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace. “And his life was snuffed out, just like Trayvon’s life was snuffed out.”

Martin was shot on February 26 in Florida by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who told 911 dispatchers that he thought the boy looked suspicious. That man has not been charged with a crime.

The Sunday rally follows one organized by high school students Saturday at City Hall. Students also rallied Friday at Paul Quinn College. Attendees said it has been easy for people to identify with the fact Martin was an unarmed boy, and they expect demonstrations to continue until authorities act in Florida. “You can talk to people of any ethnicity and they’ll say, ‘How dare this man kill this young boy?’ He’s a boy, who’s not even gotten to the stage of manhood,” said Wallace.

Another rally is planned for noon on Monday at UT-Arlington, including petitions calling for Zimmerman’s arrest. The event is being organized by the Arlington chapter of the NAACP.

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  • wasjustified

    I’m just sick of hearing about this whole ordeal. Let it go already.

    • venonaD

      Would you be saying that if it was your teenager that was murdered? What a coward posting as “wasjustified”. Thank goodness you are outnumbered.

  • TheNiteNurse

    It’s difficult for anyone who isn’t black to understand how people are always preceiving them as criminals. A young black man is the first to be watched in a store for stealing, first person a woman walks faraway from when she is alone on the street, first person the cops check on when he is seen running down the street, and the last person people wait on in a store. We need to open American society’s eyes that a young black man shouldn’t be stereo typed. Trayvon was shot simply because he was a young black man and Zimmerman was acting on his own pre-conceived fears about black people.

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