Slain Boy's Dad Adds Voice To Help Black Men, Boys

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Associated Press Release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trayvon Martin's father is joining an effort by members of Congress to focus more attention on issues that have a disproportionate impact on black men and boys.

Tracy Martin is set to speak later Wednesday at a forum billed as the first session of the Congressional Black Men and Boys Caucus. The gathering was organized to discuss issues ranging from racial profiling to chronic unemployment and high incarceration rates.

One of the organizers, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, says it's time to "bring our black men and boys to center stage."

Martin's appearance comes after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The verdict touched off protests and calls for Zimmerman to face federal charges of violating Trayvon's civil rights.

Associated Press Release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be on Capitol Hill for a hearing addressing the challenges faced by African-American boys and men.

Tracy Martin will give opening remarks Wednesday at the inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Illinois Congressman Danny Davis are the co-chairs of the newly formed caucus. Both are Democrats.

The hearing will also feature remarks by David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans; Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson; and Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may), a former congressman and NAACP president.

Earlier this month, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder in the slaying of the 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed.

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