On Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was found dead. The man who shot him, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, 28, told police he was following Martin because he "looked suspicious" and shot due to self-defense. Zimmerman had a bloody nose and a wound on his head when police arrived.
Martin, wearing a hoody, was on his way back from a convenience store with a bottle of iced tea and a pack of skittles.
Zimmerman has not been charged and many are protesting to have this changed.
"It's hard to believe but some people don't know about this," said Alicia Belnavis, a junior in the Africana Studies Club.
Belnavis and fellow club member, senior Crystal Wilson, had organized the first gathering a week before on March 20.
"It started with a much smaller group," Belnavis said.
Their efforts are growing and showing.
Students will gather in the same place Thursday to spread awareness about Trayvon Martin. Some, like what Belnavis did today, will be there from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. holding up signs and speaking to all who will listen about Martin's death.
Next Tuesday, April 3, the rallying students will make appearances not only in front of Cooper Hall, but in front of the library and Marshall Student Center as well.
Belnavis and Wilson are seeking an African American history professor to host a teach-in on the historical relevance of Trayvon Martin's death to follow the protests on Tuesday.
"We want to raise awareness. Rally for awareness," Belnavis said.