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Norristown Residents Organize 'Million Hoodie March' Tonight

Residents will gather at MLK Park at 6 p.m. to remember 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in Florida last month.

Facebook is abuzz with talk of the "Million Hoodie March" planned for tonight at MLK Park. The march, modeled after similar protests in New York, Philadelphia and other cities recently, is designed bring attention to the case of Trayvon Martin and call for the arrest of the man who shot and killed him.

Buck Jones, one of the organizers of the event, said he was prompted to do it because of the hurt he felt for Martin's family. Jones, a father himself and a mentor to area boys, says the tragedy hit him personally very hard.

"It burned my soul," he said in an email conversation with Norristown Patch.

Residents are planning to gather at the park at Oak and Smith streets at 6 p.m. There will be a moment of silence, planned speakers and a prayer and those in attendance will have a chance to voice their concerns and show their support for Trayvon Martin's family. All area residents are invited to attend.

Fred March 24, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Interesting.... not one of the ABC/NBC/CBS sites when you search Google for "Zimmerman Witness". Democrat Media Complex in full effect? UK news sites/Canadian New Sites and New Media News sites as well as the Fox Tampa website. http://blog.chron.com/texassparkle/2012/03/an-innocent-boy-is-dead-and-the-media-played-us/ http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/24/witness_trayvon_martin_first_attacked_zimmerman.html
Mary Ellen Digregorio March 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Well attended non-voilent, just Norristown Resident comming together. Enjoyed the group that let the balloons go.... Wish I coul have stayed longer butmy body does not handle cool weather well... See Photo's on my facbook...
Chris March 25, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I wish they would show the same passion and come together to find the murderer of Norristown resident Ray Dawkins. We must not forget!
Kimberly Lane March 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I agree with Chris. While what happened to trayvon is terrible, Ray Dawkins of Norristown was gunned down the same way while he was walking home at night. When you say a prayer tonight pray for Ray and his family as well.
MzPaula March 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Why would you expect violence? i have heard of many rallies throughout the nation, and haven't heard of any violence connected with them. This march/rally was organized as a symbolic gesture to remind us that systemic illness of racism still exists in this country.

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