|Pictured: Rev. Raphael Warnock wears a hoodie during his morning sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Vino Wong)|
The one-month anniversary of Martin's death is Monday. He was shot while wearing a "hoodie" as he walked home on a rainy night in a gated community. The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, is the son of a white father and Hispanic mother, and the demands to charge him in Martin's slaying have grown ever louder. He had called police to report the hooded figure as suspicious; the 17-year-old Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone.
In African-American and other religious centers from Florida to Atlanta, New York and Chicago, messages from pulpits couldn't help but touch on a seemingly avoidable tragedy that continues to be rife with more questions than answers. But while the call continued for the arrest of Zimmerman, there were also pleas to use the incident to spark a larger movement.
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Ministers Call for Justice in Trayvon Martin Case; Congregants Wear Hoodies to Show Support - BCNN1