By Ijeoma Unachukwu of the Rutgers chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists
On Saturday, July 13th, George Zimmerman was declared not guilty in shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Public outrage immediately spiral out-of-control following the jury’s verdict.
In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, the Rutgers University Black Student Union (BSU), Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Rutgers University student chapter, Liberated Gospel Choir, Latin American Women’s Organization and Stand For Justice in Palestine hosed the “Stand Your Ground Rally” on Friday, March 7, to raise awareness regarding the “Stand Your Ground” laws.
The rally was initiated, organized and planned by BSU treasurer, Christopher Bradsaw, and public relations chair, Fawzon Lari.
Starting at 1:00 pm, the Liberated Gospel Choir kicked off the protest by signing the Black National Anthem followed by gospel recording artist Hezekiah Walker’s hit song “There’s No Way”.
“These selections [were chosen] because they were applicable to the purpose of the rally,” stated choir director Lashanda Coq.
Passionate protestors made signs with messages such as “no justice, no peace” and “honk if you hate social injustice”.
Informational pamphlets regarding the policy were also dispersed.
Bradshaw, photographed about stated, “students are on the pipeline to becoming the elite”.
Overall, the group wanted to illustrate that this is not an issue restricted to racial issues but more so it is an issue of forgiveness leading to change; which can only be achieved through the mutual pursuit for social justice between all races, genders and class.