Friday, March 30, 2012

Videos, photos: Students lead Walk to protest murder of Trayvon Martin

By Michele Bourdieu

Students and community members leave the Finlandia University campus for a walk to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American in Florida. Many of the participants wear "hoodies" -- hooded sweatshirts like the one Trayvon wore when he was considered "suspicious" and shot. (Photo and video clips by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

HANCOCK, HOUGHTON -- Students and community members -- many wearing hooded sweatshirts -- joined arms and walked from Finlandia University in Hancock to the Houghton side of the Portage Lift Bridge in protest against the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American who was shot to death in Sanford, FL earlier this month by a neighborhood watch captain, who has not been arrested.

Marchers walk down Quincy Street in Hancock on their way to the Portage Lift Bridge.(Photos by Keweenaw Now)

Students from Finlandia University and Michigan Tech organized a day of silent protest on Thursday, March 29, and a quiet walk to the bridge. Their hooded sweatshirts (hoodies) were meant to show solidarity with the tragic young victim, who was considered "suspicious" because he was wearing one when he was shot.

Walkers lock arms in solidarity as they walk through Hancock on the way to the bridge.

Some well behaved dogs participated with their owners -- even one with only three legs.

These parents bundled up the kids to participate in the walk.

This video captures marchers nearing the bridge in Hancock:

Undaunted by the cold, windy weather, marchers can be seen crossing the Portage Lift Bridge from Veterans Park above:

Click here for a news video clip on the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

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