Friday, April 6, 2012

Harlem Hoodie March

Trayvon Martin Remembered at Harlem Hoodie March Updated 5 hrs ago

Dubbed the "240 Hoodie March" for the number of students enrolled at the Democracy Prep Charter High School, participants marched from the school on 133rd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard through the streets of Harlem. In their hands, they held packages of Skittles candy and cans of iced tea, the two items Martin had gone to the store to purchase before he was killed. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — Christopher Franco has no doubt that what happened to Florida teen Trayvon Martin could have just as easily happened to him.

"Because of the way you dress, some police officers think you are a hoodlum," said the junior at Democracy Prep Charter High School.

"They think you are the next drug dealer. Trayvon Martin is in the same position we are. It could have been any one of us."

Franco and his fellow students organized a rally and march Thursday evening to express their outrage at the February shooting death of the unarmed Martin, 17, who was black and shot by volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin (Facebook/Justice for Trayvon Martin)

The shooter has yet to be charged or arrested.

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