Columbia will be the site of one of the marches nationwide Saturday in the “Justice for Trayvon 100 City Vigil.”
Organizer Chris Sullivan, chairman of Building Communities and Families, will ask those taking part to sign a petition calling on the federal Department of Justice review whether civil rights charges should be filed against George Zimmerman, found not guilty last weekend of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida last year.
“We want the Department of Justice to investigate to make sure the criminal justice system was working properly,” Sullivan tells WVOC.
“We are also hoping to answer the call for social justice and to address all the injustices that still exist within our own community. We're hoping to bring together black, white, brown, rich, poor – all types of people – because, as Mrs. Martin said, this is not a white or black issue; this is a right or wrong issue.”
Sullivan says Saturday's demonstration will not be violent.
It will include a rally at the Statehouse at 10 a.m., then a march to the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse.
Sullivan is asking participants to wear a hoodie as a symbol of homage to Martin.
School supplies and canned food items will also be collected for the needy at the event.