In Atlanta on July 16 the weather forecast was 60 percent showers, but miraculously at 7 p.m., when the protest march for Trayvon Martin was scheduled, it stopped raining.
We must have been at least 1,000 strong at the start, and as we departed the AIU campus, dozens of college students, both black and white, joined the march. There was a loud shout of exaltation as the students joined. Louder shouts of “Justice! Now!” encouraged the unity. Signs depicting the importance of the march were being held high.
A senior citizen held a sign which read, “March. 4 Trayvon. 4 Justice. For Change. Respect, Support, Change.” When she was asked by a news reporter why she thought the march was important, she replied, “Because we feel that an injustice has been done. We are here for the future, and Trayvon is a part of our future. We don’t want to let that go.”
‘No Justice, No Peace’ became our shout of protest as we approached the CNN Building. By the time we reached the end of our journey, the entire five miles plus way were paved with protestors. We were motivated by the increasing crowd, and as a whole we knew we were there for a good cause, because the spirits of the protest is love!
At our CNN destination some protestors enthusiastically bull horned their opinions of the George Zimmerman verdict. Some of them, of course expressed anger, some expressed remorse for Trayvon’s family, and some criticized, challenged and detested the American judiciary system.
One baby boomer compared the Trayvon shooting with the killing of Emmett Till, a 13-year-old black child who was racially slain by whites more than 50 years ago, and it took more than 50 years to bring them to justice.
A professional white man inquired of me, “What did that jury hear to find [Zimmerman] not guilty?” I replied, “The point is, what they didn’t hear.”
The protest lasted well into the evening. It was peaceful, non-violent and to the point. I understand that President Obama has conceded, saying, “A jury has spoken. We are a nation of laws.” Mr. President, I realize that, but Trayvon Martin should not have to be a national mascot for America’s retroactive precepts.