Affirming the value of every person is the theme for Thursday's "1,000,000 Hoodie March" in South Bend, a show of unified spirit in the wake of Florida teen Trayvon Martin's shooting death.
SOUTH BEND MARCH, RALLY DETAILS
- 3 to 5 p.m. ... Youth invited to meet at the Civil Rights Heritage Center, 1040 W. Washington St., to make posters for rally
- 5:30 p.m. ... March from Civil Rights Center, 1040 W. Washington St., to Martin Luther King Center, 1522 W. Linden Ave.
- 6 to 7 p.m. ... Community rally for Justice
All participants are asked to where hoodies, symbolic of what Trayvon Martin was wearing at the time of his death.
Sponsor: IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center
"The purpose of this march is to join in solidarity with those in this community and around the country. This is a peaceful and respectful gathering." Those statements are posted on the website promoting the South Bend events, http://www.thenatatorium.org/rally.html
Police say Martin was shot to death Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Martin, a black 17-year-old, was unarmed. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Spanish-speaking minority, was licensed to carry a gun. Zimmerman called 911 saying Martin appeared "suspicious" and to send police. Zimmerman told police he shot Martin in self-defense before police arrived.
Anger and outrage over Martin's death has reverberated across the country, sparking numerous protests and rallies wanting justice for Martin.
Among numerous developments surrounding the case, the U.S. Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting.