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Marshall supporters rally for Trayvon Martin

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The Trayvon Martin justice rallies in Shreveport and Marshall drew dozens of supporters to the streets. It was a time to show support to the Martin family and to inspire change. The rallies' central messages were similar. Speakers encouraged voting for change, youth involvement and wanted to make it clear that the injustice the African American community feels isn't new.

"This incident with Trayvon Martin and racial profiling and the attack on black men has its roots in lynching," one speaker said. "It has its roots in segregation."

Several see an end to "Stand Your Ground Laws" as a step towards justice. The laws are believed to devalue African Americans. In Marshall, dozens signed a petition against Florida's version of the self defense law.

 "We also know that it's a law here in Texas," Demetria McFarland said. "For a person to kill someone and then walk free, that's a law that does not need to be on the books."

McFarland led the Marshall rally. She and other speakers encouraged the crowds to use their votes for change in such laws, as well. She stressed for young people to register to vote. 

"They to have the responsibility to carry themselves in a way that command dignity," Sonya Hester said. She's a mother of two that attended the Shreveport rally. "Our country and our states and our nation have the responsibility to the young people who live here to cause them to feel safe, to cause them to feel like they have an equal voice." 

Hester says the community also needs to look within to solve issues. "I think our people too have the responsibility to one another," she said. "You know, there's black on black crime. So, there's equilibrium of responsibility all the way around."

Speakers stressed for listeners to keep there voices heard until they've reached the justice they seek.

 

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