(Sanford, FL) – Monday night, representatives from the NAACP addressed gave impassioned pleas for justice as part of a town hall meeting and rally in honor of Trayvon Martin. The town hall took place at the Sanford Civil Center as part of a special City Commission meeting to address Trayvon’s shooting last month.
“Trayvon’s family deserves answers, and his killer needs to be arrested,” stated Turner Clayton, President of the NAACP Seminole County Branch.
“Justice must prevail.”“I am a 17-year-old Black male in high school and, in this climate, I could be the next Trayvon Martin,” stated Brendien Mitchell, President of the Florida NAACP Youth & College Division. “We must bring an end to the attitudes and policies that allow an innocent Black teenage boy to be chased, shot and killed and his killer to remain free.”
One month ago, Trayvon Martin was visiting his father in Sanford when he was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The unarmed teen was returning from a local 7-Eleven carrying nothing but Skittles and an iced tea at the time of the shooting. Despite 911 calls confirming that he pursued Trayvon, Zimmerman has yet to be arrested in connection with Trayvon's death.
The NAACP will be hosting a rally this Saturday, March 31st to move the conversations from anger to answers in this case and to continue the calls for justice in this tragic case. The march will begin 11 a.m. at Crooms Academy of Information Technology and end at the Public Safety Complex.