Local 'Man Up' organization reacts to Trayvon Martin case


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The controversy and outrage over the Trayvon Martin case only continues to heat up, especially here in Louisville, and it's been more than a week and half since George Zimmerman was acquitted in his death.  

On July 23, a group that mentors young men in the community met with other leaders and parents to discuss how to keep their kids from becoming a victim.

When George Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13 in Trayvon Martin's death, people on both sides of the issue spoke out. Many rallies calling for justice for Trayvon took place right here in Kentuckiana. This is another forum, built to give guidance to mentors.

Man Up, a mentoring organization for youth created a forum to talk about how to learn from the Trayvon Martin case and how to speak to kids here.

"We want to make sure the situation that happened to Trayvon Martin does not happen here in Louisville. We want to give some information to our parents and our young adults," Frank Porter, Man Up chairman, said.

Ramzi Sabree said he struggled as he grew up in Louisville and was often racially profiled. Now, he provides support for troubled youth and teaches conflict resolution.

"What happened to Trayvon brings to light a reality that young people are vulnerable. They are in the process of developing the skills they need to be adults and be productive members of society and unfortunately, in the case of Trayvon, it was cut short, " Sabree said.

Georgia Turner  is here for her nieces and nephews. "When they leave the home, I want them to come home. I want them to be safe out there and it concerns me when people take the law ito their own hands," she said.

The Man Up organization meets once a week at the Presbyterian Community Center.

To find out how to get involved, email Frank Porter at lovejoy1967@yahoo.com.