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    Posted April 7, 2012 by
    Makandel
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    One year since Trayvon Martin's death

    Makandel and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Trayvon Martin shooting
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    Activists Shutdown DC Streets for Trayvon Martin

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Makandel says the group wanted to make the injustice in Florida known. 'They wanted to call attention to a number of cases, and stand up against racial profiling,' he says. He also says the rally was charged with emotion. 'Activists sought justice among peers who sought the same. Students marched alongside children and the elderly, chanting Trayvon in unison,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    On the morning of April 7, 2012, activists of all colors and ages amassed at Meridian Hill Park, more commonly known as Malcolm X Park, to raise their voices in the pursuit of dismissing racism from society.

    Representatives from the NAACP, the National Black United Front, and a large contingent from Howard University, joined with concerned citizens to march through Washington, to Freedom Plaza over two miles away.

    Winding through city streets, blocking traffic, and waving signs, activists chant "I am Trayvon Martin," "No Justice, No Peace," and other civil rights slogans as cars driving-by honk wildly in solidarity.

    A short program was put on by the Howard Players at Freedom Plaza. The small theatrical group performed a skit to the sound of the 911 tapes from the night of February 26.

    Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman following an altercation between the two.

    Martin had been on his way home from 7-Eleven when Zimmerman spotted him, and reported him to police as looking suspicious, perhaps on drugs. Zimmerman followed Trayvon for some time until the two came face-to-face.

    Zimmerman claims that he was attacked by Martin before using his handgun in self-defense, yet many disagree with his statement. Martin died as a result of his wound. Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime.

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