Uhuru, NCLC marches Saturday for Trayvon Martin in St. Pete - WFLA News Channel 8

Uhuru, NCLC marches Saturday for Trayvon Martin in St. Pete

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Two St. Petersburg groups will hold marches Saturday morning in support of Trayvon Martin, the Sanford teenager fatally shot by a neighborhood volunteer night watchman.

The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement will march to city hall to "demand justice" for the "modern day lynching" of the 17-year-old, the group's website said. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th St.

The National Christian League of Councils have scheduled the "I Am Treyvon Martin March for Justice on the Gulf of St. Petersburg" at 10:30 a.m. That gathering begins at Poynter Institute Park and the old Dali museum site, 801 Third St. S., and heads to Spa Beach Park, where a rally will take place about 11:30.

Martin's death has led to national outrage because the shooter, George Zimmerman, 28, has not been charged. The teen was wearing a hoodie and unarmed Feb. 26 as he walked in a gated community, and Zimmerman was a volunteer watchman.

Martin's family has said their son was targeted by Zimmerman because he was black. Zimmerman has said the teen was the aggressor and he shot in self-defense. A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate the case.

The Uhuru group will demand reparations for Martin's family, calling the shooting "another example of the state-sanctioned violence against the black community that has been going on for centuries," according to the organization's website.

The protest "will be different from many other marches held around the country in the sense that it is not only about seeking justice for Trayvon as an individual case but as part of the overall struggle of African people to organize for self-determination!"

The NCLC march will include youth groups, university students and organizations from throughout St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and Tarpon Springs, the organization's Facebook page said.

For information on the Uhuru event, call (727) 821-6620 or go to .

For information on the NCLC march, email .

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