Hundreds Show For Montgomery's Trayvon Martin Rallies


By Ashley Thompson

Across the country, rallies were held to remember Trayvon Martin.

Through rain and shine the protesters prayed, marched, chanted and remembered Trayvon Martin in their own way. Representative Alvin Holmes was a guest speaker at the 'I Am Trayvon Martin' rally, and says he will continue to protest the outcome of the case until civil rights charges are brought against George Zimmerman.

"Yes it's a race issue," he says. "Yes it's a race issue. Zimmerman saw a black man at night and shot him. He should have stayed in his car like he was told to stay."

Some wore shirts with Martin's image, brought skittles and donned hoodies, attempting to draw comparisons between themselves and the slain 17-year-old.

"I could have been Trayvon lying on that ground fighting for my life and could have been in a casket.," says protester Derrick Smith. "I just think that it's wrong and I send all my prayers to Trayvon's Family."

"It could have been my child," says Patrice Smith. "It could have been friends, nephews, whatever."

Others came to protest the Stand Your Ground Law, a self-defense law that shot into the spotlight during the Zimmerman trial.

"It's one thing to defend yourself but it just has too many flaws," says Pat Thornton. "It just opens the door to misuse and abuse."

Both the Justice for Trayvon Rally and the I Am Trayvon Rally drew big numbers and organizer Earl Wagner says he believes Montgomery's rallies will have an impact on other parts of the country.

"There are a lot of cities that are much bigger than Montgomery but because this is the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, those other cities, they're looking at what we are going to do."

On Monday

at 6:30, Representative Alvin Holmes says another protest will be held at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. 


Montgomery was the site of two rallies, both demanding justice for the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman.

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