Albany State University student Cassius Watkins holds a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea while wearing a hoodie along with other students during Friday’s march and rally on campus in support of Trayvon Martin.
ALBANY, Ga. — Wearing a hoodie became a demand for justice at Albany State University Friday.
Students marched from a residential hall on the east side of the campus at 6 p.m. to the amphitheater on the west side and shouted demands.
“What do we want? Justice!”
When do we want it? Now!”
Hoodie-clad, unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch volunteer 28-year-old George Zimmerman.
Saying he fired in self-defense, Zimmerman was not arrested. The shooting set off nationwide protests calling for Zimmerman’s arrest. The case is under investigation by the FBI among other law enforcement agencies.
“It’s been what? Weeks and nothing is done. We wanted to add our voice to the call for justice,” said Clarence Washington, Student Government Association president. “Trayvon was really racially profiled and murdered.”
More than 100 students turned out for the march. Referencing previous hoodie marches in the country, Dimitri Nader spoke to the crowd.
“I want to thank you for your participation in today’s million hoodie march for Trayvon Martin,” Nader said. “Showing your support, wearing your hoodies, truly makes an impact not only on campus but in the nation. A severe injustice has been committed and as sons and daughters, African-Americans and human beings we must see to it that this doesn’t continue.”
“Martin Luther King said it best,” said Elisha Ravenna, “’Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”