Since then, she’s joined thousands of others who have attended rallies in Sanford to protest the way the local police department has handled the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“It took me a minute to determine whether I wanted to get involved,” she said. “I was looking at television like everyone else, and by the second or the third day, I heard it. When I listened to the media play that 911 tape, I heard someone pleading for help in the background. When I heard the cry for help in the background, at that point I remember telling a friend I was making a determination that I wanted to get involved. Hearing that plea for help compelled me to get involved.”
Attending those rallies in Sanford, she said, has been a very powerful experience, because it was about so much more than protesting the senseless killing of a teenage boy armed only with a bad of Skittles and an iced tea, and about so much more than the failure of the Sanford Police Department to make an arrest in this shooting death. Continue reading