Thousands of people rallied today in downtown Washington, DC, to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager killed in Sanford, Florida almost a month ago, as a consequence of a hate crime.
I recorded this video of the rally held at Freedom Plaza, which started around 2:30 pm. and ended short after 4:00 pm. Several speakers gave very inspirational speeches about justice, solidarity, peace, and the end of racism, urban violence and mass imprisonment of people of color.
The crowd today were about 80-85% Black people, even though the DC's population includes 51% Blacks, 39% of Whites and 9% Latinos, among others. The majority of attendants were young students, parents and elder community activists.
In this second video, legendary civil rights activist and comedian Richard 'Dick' Gregory speaks about the social movement demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, and the questions that haven't been answered about this racist crime.
This was one of several rallies organized across the nation to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, the prosecution of his killer George Zimmerman, the end of racial discrimination against youth of color and the repeal of racist "Stand your ground" laws that are promoting more crimes.
See more photos in Twitter, and Facebook. See my other 18 min. video of this emotional rally.
Photos and video by Carlos A. Quiroz