George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict late Saturday in a Sanford, Fla., courtroom is causing some strong reactions, in particular among younger viewers.
It was young people who made the Trayvon Martin killing story go viral. Sunday evening group of high school and college students held a rally in Downtown Memphis and they want to show their support to Trayvon and his family.
There was disappointment and hurt, like there is with a lot of Memphians and people nationwide. But overall the young adults downtown at the rally were determined.
The group chanted as they held a peaceful march from the FedExForum to the Shelby County Courthouse.
Jamesia Terry, who attended the peace rally said Memphis is the hub of the Civil Rights movement, so where better to have a rally like this. They used this peace rally as a way to support Trayvon's memory and his family and they hope youth everywhere sees the message in this case.
"The main lesson is to not let courage to skip our generation," Terry said. "It's to keep on fighting the fight. There are a lot of different areas and outlets where anybody can be discriminated upon."
"Trayvon Martin wasn't the first. This wasn't the first case similar and it won't be the last," added Lindsey Burgess. "I think we need to acknowledge that, that our justice system sometimes is flawed. But regardless justice should be adequately served."
The young men and women said Zimmerman's not guilty verdict doesn't make them angry. Rather it motivates them to be more involved with organizations like the NAACP, especially attending and finishing school to make something of themselves.
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