Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old unarmed African American teenager who was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. in February 2012, was made a martyr in Philadelphia.
Less than 24 hours after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges, the name Trayvon Martin was used as a battle cry, as close to 100 rallied for peace underneath the statue in LOVE Park. [embedgallery id=184489]
Pastor Leonard Norris, of New Destiny Worship Center in West Philadelphia, explained that to move forward as a society we need a treaty between all colors and creeds.
"Justice does not have a color," Norris said, "Nor does Justice have a religion."
"Whether you like it or not," he added, "We are all in this together."
Maureen O'Connor, a white woman from the Northeast, called the trial "A travesty of justice," and called for people to participate in jury duty and exercise their right to vote.
"I want people to realize that they have to be involved in their community," she said.
Nick Gross, a 20-year-old African American sophomore at CCP, noted that his generation can't stand for injustice so Trayvon Martin did't die for nothing.
"We got to stand together, that's all," he said.