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Trayvon Martin Remembered By Tulsans

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It began at city hall, with a call for action.

"Y' all lookie here, I am Trayvon Martin, y'all better wake up!" said one woman.

The shirts and hoodies, a statement to the country and a teaching moment for Cindy McGhee.

"I brought my 5 year-old son and my 2 year-old daughter," she said.

What does she hope her kids learn from this?

"It was important for me to bring him with me because I wanted to see, show him that good people can come together to do good things, and that when bad things happen and we don't understand those things, we can stand up," she said.

For others, the march tapped into local tensions.

"There's a lot of ache, a lot of pain that's been going through the city of Tulsa," said Kavin Ross, putting the event in historical context.

"Greenwood residents suffered a lot back in '21, the Northern sector of Tulsa has been going through a lot, but this right her we ought to put our best foot forward and show that there needs to be some respect," he said.

It was a quiet march, no chanting, no bullhorns, but plenty of emotion just under the surface.

"Man, when I heard the verdict on Saturday I started crying immediately, I just started shedding tears," said Shalik Williams, echoing the message that what happened to Trayvon hits close to home.

"I have a 17 year-old nephew, it could have easily been them it could have easily been me when I was that age. It's senseless, it's sad, and crying I feel bad for them too but, something has got to change," he said.

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