MIAMI – Thousands of supporters gathered in downtown Miami Sunday, in what was billed as a hometown rally for Trayvon Martin’s family.
The rally, organized by Rep. Frederica Wilson, drew celebrities like Chaka Khan and Alonzo Mourning, and longtime supporters of the family like Rev. Al Sharpton.
Trayvon’s parents spoke to the crowd, saying they were bolstered by the presence of Miamians.
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“Trayvon was my guy,” his father, Tracy Martin said, saying his son was also “all our Trayvon.”
Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the rally was perhaps the most meaningful one so far.
‘We’ve been to a lot of places, but this means the most to us,” she said.
Before the rally, the parents, their family members and attorneys Ben Crump, Darryl Parks and Natalie Jackson, attended Palm Sunday services at Fulton and Martin’s home church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens. Pastor Arthur Jackson III said the service was about more than the movement that has grown up around Trayvon.
“This their home church,” he said.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, who preached the sermon, said God is using Trayvon to bring the world a message of “justice and peace.”
At the rally, Sharpton said he made a promise to the family when they reached out to his National Action Network nearly a month ago, after failing to get any movement in their case with Sanford police.
“I promised them that we would be here until Zimmerman is arrested,” Sharpton said.