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.