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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It has been one week since a jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Since then rallies have been held across the nation, including in Birmingham.
The community joined with protestors nationwide demanding Justice for Trayvon.
Bishop Calvin Woods lead the cries at Kelly Ingram Park.
Protestors walked from the park to City Hall holding signs and banners bringing light to an on-going question of what is right and wrong.
For Derrick Everett this demonstration was a lesson for his daughter Jirah.
He wanted her to see how at a young age people need to gather together when things go wrong for individuals and stand up for something.
“Every body’s talking about how there’s a lot of racial people in this world but there’s really not.”
The verdict hits close to home for State Representative Merika Coleman-Evans.
She says speaking out against it is her duty in the fight for civil rights.
“It’s a slap in the face for those people who rallied… to those people who died on the behalf of civil rights in this country that we’re still fighting for those same things today.”
Coleman-Evans played a role in the “Stand Your Ground” legislation in Alabama.She hopes an amendment could define what should happen in a pursuit.
“I think it’s time for us to really look at what’s going on here in the state of alabama and really look at has it done anything to protect families.”
Meanwhile, you could barely see the street beneath crowds in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York.
It was at the rally in New York where the teen’s mother Sybrina Fulton told participants that this is another chapter in a different movement.
“We have moved on from the verdict. Of course we’re hurting. Of course we’re shocked and disappointed. But that just means we have to roll up our sleeves, and continue to fight.”
Trayvon Martins father, Tracy martin, says these rallies are helping him heal.