Calling for a movement that goes beyond anger to produce genuine change in America’s attitudes about race, an estimated 400 Houstonians gathered outside City Hall on Saturday in response to the “not guilty” verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The peaceful gathering, in which no arrests were reported, was part of a 100-city event organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, which called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to “take necessary action to mitigate the miscarriage of justice” in George Zimmerman’s acquittal July 13.
A six-woman jury found the 29-year-old Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Martin, 17, as he was walking home Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
Local rally organizers included Bishop James W.E. Dixon II, regional director of National Action Network and pastor at The Community of Faith; U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston; Houston resident Kathy Swilley and others.
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