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Harris Stowe Students Rally in Honor of Trayvon Martin

Kevin Killeen
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Leonard Johnson and Brian Williams of the Young Man's Achievement Academy

Leonard Johnson and Brian Williams of the Young Man’s Achievement Academy

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–A crowd of about 50 Harris Stowe State University students wearing hoodies rallied in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain.

In the crowd, Leonard Johnson with the Young Man’s Achievement Academy says the faraway case hits close to home with many black men.

“Just because I’m black and I’m wearing a hoody doesn’t necessarily mean I’m suspicious ,” Johnson said.

Chester Deanes Jr., with the Father’s Support Center of St. Louis, was also there to show his support for the Martin family. He says black men can relate to a feeling of being profiled.

“Because many of our young adults are wearing hoods, they may look agressive or suspicious,when they’re not. It’s just a dress,” Deanes said.

Harris Stowe students are watching to see if a Florida grand jury reviewing the case will charge the neighborhood watch captain, who claims he shot Martin in self defense.

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