FAMU Students Spark Universal "March For Martin" This Weekend

By: The Dream Defenders Press Release
By: The Dream Defenders Press Release

University students “March for Martin”


Tallahassee, FL-- Students at Florida A&M University and Florida State University have united with other colleges and universities throughout the state to march to Sanford from Daytona Beach this weekend, from April 6 to April 8, to preach for equality, an end to corrupt and unjust law enforcement, and justice for Trayvon Martin.


Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American, was shot and killed on Feb.26, by George Zimmerman, 28, a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain. More than a month has passed and Zimmerman has yet to be arrested after claiming self-defense.


Starting Friday, April 2, the march will continue for three days, setting for an arrival on Sunday, April 8.  After converging on Sanford, thousands of students known as the “Dream Defenders,” from FAMU, FSU, TCC, UF, UCF, FMU, BCU and MDC plan to engage in a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience.


Today, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, at 5 p.m., in FAMU’s School of Journalism Lecture Hall, all schools in participation will honor his memory by hosting “Dream Boot Camp.” This will serve as a universal day of education about Trayvon Martin, race and effective non-violent protest.


Antonio Hairston, a senior public relations student at FAMU, is one of the spokespersons for the “Dream Defenders.”

“This is our time to make history,” Hairston said.

“We are marching not only for Trayvon Martin but for unity within the races.”


The Dream Defenders official website says that the “Dream Defenders” isn’t an organization.

 “It is an idea.”


Devoted to defending the same dream as Martin Luther King Jr., the “Dream Defenders,” which began as a conference call organized by FAMU, FSU and TCC students and alumni, capitalizes on the idea that students and young people must come together without racial discrimination.


For more information, visit www.thedreamdefenders.com or contact Gabriel Pendas at (786) 899-8329 or email Pendas at Gabriel.pendas@gmail.com.

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  • by Stand Up for Champion on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    Where was your march for Robert Champion? After members of the FAMU band beat him to death? I'm so sick of so many black people getting themselves all up in an uproar when a white person does something to harm a black person, but blacks can literally beat a young man to death and you're not equally outraged? DOUBLE STANDARD!
  • by Ju stice for Zimmerman on Apr 6, 2012 at 07:29 PM
    You will recall the incident of the beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer. The beating sparked outrage in the community but there were very few that stepped up to do anything about it. … Do you know the individual who stepped up when no one else in the black community would? Do you know who spent tireless hours putting flyers on the cars of persons parked in the churches of the black community? Do you know who waited for the church-goers to get out of church so that he could hand them flyers in an attempt to organize the black community against this horrible miscarriage of justice? Do you know who helped organize the City Hall meeting on January 8, 2011 at Sanford City Hall?? That person was GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. Ironic isn’t it?
  • by Steve Marshall Location: Atlanta on Apr 6, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Great news to hear about your march. Justice for Trayvon! 'Where is justice for Zimmerman?' asks a previous post, complaining that he has been 'tried in the media.' Funny, most people who say that are defending the cops -- who are trying to prevent a real trial.
  • by Seminole Guy on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    Wow, If I had to tell what year this was by going through some of these comments, I'd say we were in 1967. It's funny because the same people expressing so much hate are in church on Sundays preaching love. You can't truly love God while simultaneously hating your fellow brothers. And yes, we are all brothers and sisters. We are all Humans .
  • by Katrice Location: Tallahasse on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    If you don't stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. They have every right to keep marching until something is done. It doesn't matter if Trayvonn was black, white, asian, hispanic, etc. This was a tragic incident. If you are sick of hearing, looking, and/or reading about it then close your eyes and stuff your ears. For all of you that have negative comments you need to pray that you don't have to walk in the same shoes that the Martin's have walked in. No one wants their son to be killed for doing nothing.
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on Apr 5, 2012 at 02:35 PM in reply to Katrice
      Doing nothing..? You were a witness? Please step forward and tell the police and help them put closure on this case.
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      by toe meka on Apr 5, 2012 at 03:52 PM in reply to Katrice
      if black people would get a job an pay there own waythey would not have time to march around an protest they would be too busy working an taking care of there hood rats
  • by Repubtallygirl Location: Crawfordville on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    Where is the "justice" for George Zimmerman? He has been tried and convicted in the media court and by the race baiters. Since when did 'innocent until proven guilty' get replaced with 'guilty until proven innocent'? The media and race baiters remind me of a team at Duke - remember that outcome??
  • by Sara on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    guys in hoodies your "banner"..... what fools. Why don't you compare the # of young black males killed by a white VS young black males killed by another BLACK? Now THAT would be a disturbing statistic! Why aren't these ones who claim they want "justice" not mad at the fact that their own people are wiping each other out?? It really makes you wonder what their REAL motivation is....
  • by Kingclown Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Ditto.......YAWN....move on folks...for real
  • by Whitney Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    It is sad, really horrifying that adults would speak with such hatred and conviction towards a group of students. Out of all of the universities listed that will be participating, FAMU is the only one that has been mentioned in comments. If you READ you people will see its more than the Trayvon Martin case but the unity between student from various backgrounds and demographics coming together. In lieu of the hazing incident that took place at FAMU...there are hundreds of predominantly white institutions that have hazing deaths and suicides EVERY SEMESTER! but FAMU has one and all the hatred is place to them. What a sad day we live in. The country stops when a white female child or adult dies/goes missing but when it happens to a black child no one other than the black community will do anything. It is not wise to go "tit for tat" NO ONE is perfect or better!!! White mothers kill their children every year If the roles were reversed in the Martin shooting, he would've been arrested alooooong time ago.
  • by Terell D. on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Just to inform you all a little bit. The March that will take place the 6-9th will involve students from all over the state of Florida not just Florida A&M students. People of all races will all be participating in the March for equality for all. Let the students march give the young people a chance to stand up for their generation where the general public have ridiculed them for being nonchalent and apathetic. Not only are they marching with all different ethnicities to encourage equality for all, but they have also reached out to Sanford to have a booth set up March 9th to register voters from all over the state of Florida to compel voters to vote after. Instead of taking the time that you have too much of to post and criticize the march. I implore you to go into your community and do something for example give your abudance of "free time" and do something more constructive with it.
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      by Well Said on Apr 6, 2012 at 04:51 AM in reply to Terell D.
      Terell, your points are well taken and refreshingly civil. That is why I will tell you what this 48-year-old, white, female (self- employed w/ own LLC) is doing with my upcoming "free time". I will finally be buying that gun I've never really wanted because I am very nervous about this tinderbox.
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