LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The group organizing Wednesday's memorial, Connected Voices, actually formed in 2012 in response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Though they wish George Zimmerman had been found guilty, Wednesday was about honoring Martin's memory, and figuring out how to make Martin’s death mean something.
Nearly a year and a half after Martin's death, supporters in Louisville, marked its passing in the same way as they do many homicide victims with a balloons release
“I just don't like feeling like we should have to watch our backs, we should be able to walk anywhere and not have to worry about anybody coming after us,” Michael Arthur said.
Over a hundred people black and white, including UofL's Kevin Ware, showed their solidarity with the Martin family, and their disapproval of Zimmerman's acquittal.
“It could be myself, my brother, or anybody else, not just that this incident was wrong, but there are cases like this all across America,” Alexandra Edds said.
A dialogue with youth on lessons from the Martin case was a focal point of the memorial. Dwan Willams has followed the situation with his twin sons, and has used it as an opportunity to teach Caleb and Joshua about what many see as a reality for young black men.
“We're honest with them that not in every situation you're going to be treated fairly…it may be harder for you than someone else, but you keep your best foot forward,” Williams said.
Sarah McCoy organized one of the first rallies in Louisville supporting the slain 17-year-old nearly a year and a half ago. Though she's disappointed in the verdict
She still believes that's possible
“If we change the stand your ground laws that would give justice I think to his family if the laws are changed and this never happens again,” McCoy said. “If this continues to happen, there is no justice for Trayvon.”