The Trayvon Martin case and the Million Hoodie March have gone viral on the streets across America and online.
People are posting pictures of themselves wearing hoodie sweatshirts on Facebook, and at demonstrations, including Washington, D.C. where men, women and children were wearing hoodies.
17 year old Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was shot by a townwatch captain in the Orlando, Florida suburb of Sanford.
Police officials say not only was Martin unarmed, but all he was carrying was a cup of tea and a bag of skittles, which are now showing up at rallies.
At his Miami school, students formed Trayvon’s initials on the football field
As for the shooter, George Zimmerman, he is staying out of sight on the advice of his lawyer.
He has not been arrested, and that is stoking the embers of resentment in the minority community and elsewhere.
He continues to insist he was acting in self defense. The attorney, Craig Sonner, said Friday the facts will bear that out.
At the White House, President Obama made his first public comment about the controversy.
“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I think that they are right to expect all of us, as Americans, are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened,” said President Obama.
The FBI and the justice department have launched civil rights investigations, and local authorities say a grand jury will look into the shooting.
Philadelphia joined the protests with the first Philadelphia Million Hoodie March Friday night.
The images were powerful as thousands of people marched across Center City Philadelphia for Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
“I mean how can you be surprised, this is what’s suppose to happen when you have an injustice like this happen like it happened down in Sanford, Florida,” said Jason Moody.
At 7:17pm, the time police found Trayvon’s body, Philadelphia launched the first Million Hoodie March outside of 30th Street Station.
Several other events are planned for the coming days.
” Sunday, March 25th 7am – 2pm HOODIES IN THE PULPIT (faith community cries for justice)
” Monday, March 26th 6:30pm – Love Park CANDLELIGHT VIGIL for Trayvon Martin
” Thursday, March 28th 6pm – Love Park RALLY AGAINST VIOLENCE
” Sunday, April 1st 6pm – Temple University Rally for Trayvon Martin