Dozens Participated in Vigil for Trayvon Martin

Dozens Participated in Vigil for Trayvon Martin

Thousands nationwide attended vigils demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Memphis took part in this "National Day of Action" at Civil Rights Museum.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Thousands nationwide attended vigils demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Memphis took part in this "National Day of Action" at Civil Rights Museum.

"Were here to have a peaceful movement and a call to action," said Carol Walker.

Dozens of Mid-Southerners gathered in Saturday's heat at the museum demanding justice for Trayvon. More than 100 similar vigils took place in cities across the country. Demonstrators waved posters and listened to speakers from various organizations.

"This is a foolish law. A law that says anyone amen who appears aggressive, you can violently attack them amen just at your will. We know that, that makes no sense," said a male speaker.

"There was a child killed and someone needs to be punished for that," said Angie Cooley.

"I came here today because I don't want them getting shot for nothing. I'm afraid of that. I'm fearful of that. I fear for my children, other people's children," said James Garrett.

On Saturday, July 13 in Florida, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

"I felt real bad. Make me wanna do something. So the least I can do would be to come down here and hear what other people were saying," said Zeke Green Jr.

Mayor AC Wharton was a keynote speaker at Saturday’s event. Local 24 News caught up with him Friday as he encouraged others to gather peacefully.

"I join the parents in asking that we do it in the bounds of law and loving. No dishonor to what is a real noble cause," said Wharton.

The goal of the vigil convinced the Department of Justice to press criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

"So were here to make change. Make change in the laws. Make change in our relations," said Walker.

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