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Just Us peace rally aimed at Memphis' youth

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Dozens gathered in Downtown Memphis Friday for an all day event called "Just Us." The peace rally lasts until midnight.

Saturday's not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial in Florida caused public outcry across the country. Almost a week after the verdict was read, people from all over are still rallying for Trayvon Martin.

But the Just Us peace rally isn't so much about Trayvon's death. Instead, it's about keeping Memphis' youth out of trouble.

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A painting of Trayvon was positioned where all could see as they walked in the Just Us peace rally at Brinson's in Downtown Memphis. But he wasn't the center of conversation at the event. Neither was Zimmerman.

"Though it's a bad thing that happened to Trayvon," said Kevin Locke, event organizer. "We have Trayvons in our own city that need our help."

That's why Locke and his friend Darius Clayton, organized the peace rally to focus on issues in our own communities.

"We want to address issues in our own city with youth and how we can keep things from happening in our own city," Locke said.

"Basically, from the hours of 3 o'clock to 8 p.m., young people in the city of Memphis have nothing to do," Clayton added.

The two young men say it's time for communities to take action and start doing more to keep teens on the right path and safe. They say teens find trouble when their options are limited, which is how they find trouble, sometimes landing them in jail or in danger.

Maybe, they say teens find trouble when their options are limited and it could land them in jail or in danger.

"What we could like to do is do other events to build funds to make community centers cooler places for young people to want to hang out at," Clayton said.

Locke and Clayton say the Just Us peace rally is just the beginning of their plan to help Memphis' youth, which they say  is necessary for our city moving forward.

"we need to be successful across the board, if we want our city to actually change and grow," Clayton added.

Another rally and vigil in Trayvon's name is planned for Saturday morning. The event, part of Al Sharpton's 100 City Rally, is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National civil Rights Museum downtown.

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