Attorney and activist Ben Crump, Broward/Fort Lauderdale NAACP president Marsha Ellison, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Westside Gazette Publisher Bobby Henry and the late Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton, were among the many to participate in the march.
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NAACP and NNPA Lead Protest Against Police Brutality

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, the 15-year-old high school student who was punched and had his head slammed against the concrete by law enforcement officers last month, joined his attorney and several prominent civil rights activists in a peaceful demonstration in Florida to denounce police brutality. […read more]

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Concealed Carry Permit Holders Kill Hundreds

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager in Sanford, Fla., three years ago was involved in another shooting in the Sunshine State, again raises questions about concealed Read More

National

Ben Crump: NNPA Newsmaker of the Year

  By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., Read More

National

‘When That Cop Killed Michael Brown, and When George Zimmerman Killed Trayvon Martin, They Were Killing Barack Obama’

(Salon) – Greil Marcus is a critic of music and culture who has helped redefine the job description. Known for his books like “Mystery Train,” “Lipstick Traces” and “The Old, Weird America” (on Dylan’s “Basement Tapes”), he’s forged a personal brand of criticism that blends traditional close reading with the Read More

National

Girlfriend Wants Charges Dropped Against Zimmerman

CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors are considering whether to move forward with domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman even though his girlfriend is asking them not to do so. Without a witness willing to testify, prosecutors can Read More

National

George Zimmerman Released from Jail

MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman is once again a free man after an arrest on criminal charges — but his freedom carries conditions. The former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Read More

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Girlfriend Claims Zimmerman Pointed Gun at Her

MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Deputies say George Zimmerman’s girlfriend accused him of pointing a shotgun at her during an argument at the home they shared in Florida. Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said Monday during a press conference in Sanford that Zimmerman Read More

Entertainment

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweet

[ABC News] An elderly Florida couple who found themselves caught in the center of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case last year has filed a lawsuit against film director Spike Lee for retweeting information that mistook their home for Zimmerman’s. Lee sent a Twitter message last year Read More

National

A Mother’s Pain and a Tragic Death

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Cheryl Spear lost her son over a year ago, but the pain and the questions about his death won’t go away. She believes police mistakenly killed her teenage son. His body was riddled with Read More

Entertainment

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Records Gospel Hip Hop Song “Joy Comes In The Morning” With T-Dogg

WATCH: Trayvon Martin’s Mom Records Gospel Hip Hop Song “Joy Comes In The Morning” With T-Dogg Special to the NNPA from the Michigan Chronicle Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton recently visited Hot 105 in L.A. where it was revealed that she recorded a song with Read More

National

Black Americans more concerned about civil rights

[UPI] U.S. black Americans say more civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against blacks in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal, a poll found. In an August poll, Gallup found 61 percent of black respondents said there is a need for more civil rights Read More

National

NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

[LAS VEGAS SUN] NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Justice to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida court Read More

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Entertainment

Hip Hop Raises its Voice for Trayvon

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus and Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. Photo: Terence Muhammad (FinalCall.com) – The Hip Hop Caucus works nationally, in part, to organize youth around Read More

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Op-Ed

More UFO Sightings than Voter Fraud Cases

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Prior to the 2012 elections, I found myself in a discussion with a colleague concerning Republican efforts at what has come to be known as “voter suppression.”  I was informing this person, who is well educated, that voter fraud Read More

Op-Ed

Business Exchange: A Trayvon Martin Fashion Statement

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Do you feel George Zimmerman is “a racist?” Make a fashion statement to let the world know how you feel. The issue of “race in America” was clearly illustrated in the attention African Americans paid to the Zimmerman trial. Nowadays, Black Americans are Read More

Op-Ed

A Glimmer of Hope

By Stephanie Jones NNPA Columnist Stephanie Jones In the midst of the anger and disappointment at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, I sought a glimmer of hope and first found it, paradoxically, in the reaction to the Read More

Op-Ed

Boycott Florida: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist Ron Daniels In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the “Stand Your Ground Law” that provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman Read More

Op-Ed

The State of Black Men, Part II: Justice for Trayvon is About Justice for All

To Be Equal By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” — President Barack Obama In the weeks since the not-guilty verdict in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, widespread outrage and legitimate questions about the treatment and Read More

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Finally, the Barack Obama I Voted For

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist For more than four years, I have said that I liked candidate Barack Obama better than I like President Obama. Candidate Obama addressed the question of race head-on when pressured to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor who led him Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: On What Ground are We Standing?

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist What has become our mantra in this post-George Zimmerman are U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder’s words to the NAACP last week; “We must stand our ground” against injustice.  Holder drew cheers, “Amens,” and a standing ovation when he spoke those Read More

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Op-Ed

Blacks are the ‘Other’ Americans

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I was told a story the other night.  Apparently on the evening of the Zimmerman acquittal, in a bar in South Carolina, a group of White patrons were talking.  Some of them, upon hearing the news, shouted “Free at Read More

Op-Ed

What Should We Tell Our Sons?

By Gary L. Flowers NNPA Columnist Last week’s injustice to the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin takes its infamous place in the annals of United States history, along with the 1857 Dred Scott Supreme Court ruling, the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson court ruling, the 1955 Emmett Read More

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What Blacks Can Learn from South Africa

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18.  He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa.  Read More

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Op-Ed

A Retrograde Supreme Court

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist No matter how much some commentators try to spin the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman as an example that the legal system worked properly, the freeing of Trayvon Martin’s killer actually underscores multiple bitter truths. One is that Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: Juice on Only One Side of the Aisle

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist In the past, there were so many hangings, beatings, shootings and bombings.  They went without justice being applied.  During the past few decades we have shown national outrage from Emmett Till, Mississippi civil rights workers shootings, Rodney King, etc. Read More

Religion

Trayvon Martin Verdict Calls For Spiritual Change

By Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard  ‘I Am Rizpah’ Urges Constant, Relentless Demand for Justice Like so many, I was deeply saddened that a young man, who was innocent of any wrong doing, had been Read More

Politics

The George Zimmermans Always Get Away

George Zimmerman gets away from justice By Akwasi Evans Special to NNPA from NOKOA “Knock, knock, who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Congratulations (your skin is White) you’re on the jury.” That joke was the opening remark of attorney Don West as he addressed Read More

National

Zimmerman Verdict Poll: Stark Reaction by Race

[The Washington Post] The not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman has produced dramatically different reactions among blacks and whites, with African Americans overwhelmingly disapproving of the jury’s decision and a bare majority of whites saying they approve of the outcome, according to a new Read More

Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder Denounces ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

[The Washington Post] ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, saying the measures “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” and may encourage “violent situations to escalate.” The statutes, which have been enacted in more than 30 states, Read More

National

National Protests of Zimmerman Verdict Planned for Saturday

Supporters of Trayvon Martin around the nation are expressing their outrage. (Photo by Duane Fernandez, Sr. for the Florida Courier) By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Demonstrations are planned for 100 cities this Saturday, July 20, to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal for Read More

National

Sanford Residents Worried about their City’s Future

Sanford, Fla. residents are worried about impact of George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict on their city (Photo by Duane Fernandez for the Florida Courier). By James Harper Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier SANFORD, FLA. – Now that George Zimmerman has been found not Read More

National

Unbelievable: Fla. ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense Rejected for Mother Only Firing ‘Warning Shot’

No One Injured But Sentenced to 20 Years Marissa Alexander is an example of unequal justice in Florida by Alexis Taylor Special to the NNPA from the AFRO American Newspaper No one was hurt or killed when 31-year-old Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot into Read More

National

In this Reporter’s Opinion, Hope Must Prevail

by James Harper Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier Like millions around the world, I’m still numb after learning a jury of six women – five Whites, one Hispanic – found George Zimmerman “not guilty” of murdering Trayvon Martin. The only saving grace is Read More

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Op-Ed

Criminal Injustice System Failed Trayvon

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Watching television Saturday night, I sat in stunned silence as the jury returned its not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Then, I was jolted by a Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Justice Denied

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest. – Ella Baker, Leading Mentor of Black Youth, including the Student Nonviolent Read More

Op-Ed

A More Valuable Type of Protest

By Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. NNPA Guest Columnist As I spent Sunday listening to everyone pontificate their theories about how White racism led to George Zimmerman’s acquittal, it struck me how yesterday’s and today’s protests are – a dollar short and a day late. Saturday Read More

National

Charges the Zimmerman Jury Will Consider

[Orlando Sentinel] When jurors begin deliberating Friday in the George Zimmerman case, they will decide if he should be convicted of second-degree murder or the lesser offense of manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Or they could find him not guilty. If found guilty of Read More

National

Trayvon Martin Trial: Prayer Instead of Protests

Pastors leading weekly vigil at Sanford Church By James Harper Special to the NNPA from the Florida Courier SANFORD, Fla. – Driving up to the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, no one would know a case that garnered international attention was going on. One Read More

National

A Fathers Reflection: One on One with Tracy Martin, Father of Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the LA Watts Times The trial of George Zimmerman, neighborhood watchman to himself, but reckless vigilante to others, began on June 10 for his killing of Black teenager Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.  Read More

National

Police Chief in Florida Tries to Ease Old Tensions

[New York Times] SANFORD, Fla. — Within days of becoming the police chief in this small city outside Orlando, Cecil E. Smith began to see clearly the scope of the challenges he faced. There were grumblings within the Police Department’s ranks: at least one supervisor Read More

National

Zimmerman Trial Opens with Curse Words, Jokes

[USA Today] SANFORD, Fla. — In its opening statement in the Travyon Martin murder trial, the prosecution Monday portrayed defendant George Zimmerman as a trigger-happy, policeman wannabe who saw the teenager as a suspicious person and considered it his right to “rid the neighborhood of Read More

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New Zimmerman Motions: Defense Wants Anonymous Jury; State Wants to Question Shellie

[Orlando Sentinel] The day before the deadline for pre-trial motions in the George Zimmerman case, there was a flurry of filings Thursday. George Zimmerman’s attorneys filed paperwork asking his judge to allow trial jurors to visit the scene of Trayvon Martin‘s shooting, and also to sequester his jury Read More

National

George Zimmerman’s Decision Leads to Summer Trial

[ABC News] Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. US News | Entertainment News | More ABC News Videos A Florida judge questioned George Zimmerman today on his decision to waive a hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which means that he is Read More

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Trayvon Martin: One Year Later

By Marc Morial NNPA Columnist     “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have a right to walk in peace without being followed, without being harmed and without being killed.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin   A Read More