Trayvons parents come home

caines | 4/5/2012, 5 a.m.

National leaders promise to remain until shooter is arrested

Often times in cases like this, it is the backing of celebrities or nationally-known people of prominence that are able to bring about real change. And Sundays rally was no exception as many brought both their checkbooks and their voices to push for the arrest of George Zimmerman. Sports greats like Isaiah Thomas and Alonzo Mourning, who was joined by his wife, Tracy and their 16-year-old son, all repeated the phrase, I am Trayvon Martin donning their own hoodies as a sign of solidarity. Singer Chaka Khan said she is mobilizing other entertainers to give their assistance to the family of Trayvon Martin. She was joined by actress Jo Marie Payton and singer Betty Wright, both natives of Miami-Dade County. The message that we see is how fear can kill and how only love can heal, Chaka Khan said. County Commissioner Barbara Jordan spoke on behalf of her colleagues, Commissioners Audrey Edmonson and Jean Monestime. The actions that transpired in Sanford remind me of the way life was for Blacks in the 50s and 60s, she said. Why is it that a bag of Skittles and an iced tea was enough for one man to kill an innocent boy? We have to remain steadfast today and we are pleading with the special prosecutor, Angela Corey, to get justice for Trayvon Martin. Black elected officials were out in force, some speaking on stage, others quietly raising their fists in support the list is too long to include every name. But remarks from the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, 40, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, and the Rev. Al Sharpton summed up the feelings of the many who attended. When the family is in trouble, schedules are canceled, Sharpton said. We are against all forms of justice thats why I was here before standing up against gang-bangers in Miami Gardens. Why hasnt Zimmerman been arrested? Officials say they need more evidence. We say, go to the tape [911]. Stand Your Ground is a law that must be reviewed, revamped and possibly repealed because it is part of a crooked justice system, Bryant said. Florida may have let Casey Anthony go, but they better not let George Zimmerman walk free. There will be no rest without an arrest. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com