It was a small effort by two people that met on social media, but hundreds turned out for it Saturday afternoon as a part of the National Day of Action honoring 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
More than 100 cities nationwide rallied following the request by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to call on the U.S. Department of Justice to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. A jury recently found Zimmerman not guilty of fatally shooting Martin.
"Trayvon Martin is now the symbol of a needed – and I don't want to say conversation – but a needed chance in America and our justice system," says Rep. Antonio Parkinson, who spoke at Saturday's rally.
Parkinson says there are currently two justice systems in America: "One for those that are in poverty, possibly of African descent, and then there's one for those who are not in poverty, from other nationalities and it's a desperate need to be changed," he says.
The state representative is also looking to rework Tennessee's version of the "stand your ground" law.
Saturday's rally featured a local focus as well: Ending violence among youth in Memphis.
"We want to be a part of the solution in making sure that the youth in this city have resources, they have activities, they have jobs," says Elizabeth Hart, one of the rally's organizers, "To really look at the violence that we're seeing here making sure our kids and our youth have plenty of activities."
A sign-up sheet was available at the rally; Hart says they will contact these people to keep the movement strong and show the Martin family that Memphis is still standing up with this case.