Trayvon’s pastor: Zimmerman verdict is ‘our Medgar Evers moment’

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, July 14, 2013 17:45 EDT
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Trayvon Martin's pastor Arthur Jackson III.
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In a Sunday afternoon press conference, members of Trayvon Martin’s church in Florida called for peace, understanding, healing and, most importantly, remembrance in the wake of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman.

Video of the press conference shot by The Sun Sentinel featured Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Arthur Jackson III saying the community was very disappointed by the innocent verdict, but that he’s pleased there was no violence as a result.

“I believe that this situation has not paralyzed us, has not traumatized us, but is mobilizing us,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a call to rally at the polls to vote. If we’ve never voted before, we’re definitely going to rally to change these unjust laws.”

“For us in this generation, this is our Medgar Evers moment,” he went on, comparing Trayvon’s killing to the assassination of Evers, the World War II hero and civil rights leader.

“This is the moment that we’re not going to forget. We’re going to keep this in the forefront of our minds. This is going to continue to live. It will be something that we talk to our children about, now and forever.”

This video is from The Sun Sentinel, published Sunday, July 14, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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