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2 rallies held for Trayvon Martin in St. Petersburg

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By Anthony Allred

St. Petersburg became a hotbed of support on Saturday for Trayvon Martin, a teen killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford.

Two groups held separate marches in the city and though their themes were the same, the groups delivered different messages.

The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement called for African unity in the fight against what it called the oppression of African people during its march through south St. Petersburg.

In a release, the group called the shooting of Martin an "historical pattern of violence and terror against Africans in the U.S."

The group demanded reparations for the family of Trayvon Martin from the City of Sanford.

A second group, the National Christian League of Councils held its march for justice through downtown St. Petersburg from Poynter Institute Park to Spa Beach, where a rally was held.

The group called on Gov. Rick Scott to be proactive.

"You need to be a leader. Set the tone, like the president, set the tone. Do something," said Sevell C. Brown, III, the council's leader. "Stop following and start leading."

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