NAACP holds LA rally on violence against black youth; Trayvon Martin's family attends

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Proceeds from t-shirts for sale in the church lobby will go to the family of Trayvon Martin.

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The parents of Trayvon Martin address the crowd.

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Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, speaks at the podium.

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Two attendees raise their arms in a Black Power salute during the rally.

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Reporters surround the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton addresses the crowd at the rally.

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A woman holds up a sign asking cars to "honk for justice."

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People wait outside of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ for the Trayvon Martin rally.


A rally in the Crenshaw district is bringing together prominent black leaders, the family of Trayvon Martin and plenty of celebrities to keep the public’s attention on the recent killings of young black men.

The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP is hosting the family of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin at a rally at a South L.A. church. They're joined by the reverends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson — and they're joined by celebrities Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Magic Johnson.

The Martins were the first to come out to the audience’s applause, holding signs which displayed the now-famous picture of Trayvon Martin staring straight into a camera with his hoodie on.

It’s the two-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s shooting by a neighborhood watch commander, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman has now been charged with second degree murder and is out on bail.

Aside from Martin’s shooting, the organizers wanted to call attention to and demand justice for the killings of other young black men since last year. That list starts with Oscar Grant in Oakland, and goes on to include Kendrec McDade in Pasadena and Earl Anthony Dunn in Compton.

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