On February 26, 2012, we mourned the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. But a long, difficult and challenging year later, we celebrate his life and continue to fight for justice.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been exactly 12 months since George Zimmerman took the life of the unarmed team he deemed “suspicious,” but here we are, at a point where we can neither answer the questions that surrounded his death, nor find solace to stop the tears that still fall.
But as we come upon this anniversary, we must remember that the work is not done. Justice still has to be served, and Trayvon, whose life was taken away far too soon, must be remembered.
That’s why the Trayvon Martin Foundation, headed by Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, is conducting the second “Million Hoodie Candlelight Vigil for Trayvon Martin” on Tuesday, February 26.
The march will take place in New York City at 6:00 p.m. There will be a moment of silence at 7:17 p.m. and it will begin at the South Plaza of Union Square. If you would like to know more about this event, please contact the Million Hoodie Organizer, Daniel Maree – (646) 284-6281or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to join virtually?
The Twitter hashtags for the march will be: #TrayvonMartin for the #MillionHoodies.
But if you don’t want to log on, and can’t make it to the New York area, check your local news to see where Trayvon Martin vigils will be held. Here are a few from cities around the nation:
“Stop Mass Incarceration Network” is asking supporters to “take to the street, wear your hoodies, and show your outrage!” The “We Say No More!” candlelight vigils will be held in the following places:
- New York
- Harlem: 3:00 PM at 135 & Nicholas Avenue
- Downtown NYC: 4:00 PM at Union Square South
- Los Angeles: 4:00 PM at Leimert Park/Crenshaw Blvd. & Vernon Ave.
- New Haven: 5:00 PM at Beinecke Plaza
Trayvon Martin 1-Year Anniversary Rememberance Event wants you to join them as they remember the life of Trayvon Martin, and make the connection between his death and the culture of violence in America. Renowned spoken word artist and English scholar Quraysh Ali Lansana will be performing along with an open-mic session for students to share their own pieces.
- Sanford: 7:30 PM at The Whitten University Center
A Celebration of the Life of Trayvon Martin would like you to remember the tragic loss of Trayvon Martin with a celebration of life, prayer, reflection and peace.
- Sanford: 6:30 PM at Fort Mellon Park
If you can’t make it to any of these events, you can simply wear your hoodie wherever you are in the world to celebrate Trayvon’s life and to send the message that justice must be served.
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