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Trayvon Martin protests in Atlanta 

July 14, 2013 - Shortly after a Florida jury issued a "not guilty" verdict and George Zimmerman was declared a free man in the killing of Trayvon Martin, protests started in Atlanta. Beginning early Sunday morning and continuing throughout the afternoon and into the evening, protesters held rallies, marched through the streets, blocked intersections, and shouted their disappointment. Throughout the demonstrations, protesters were peaceful and no arrests were reported.

This gallery covers several rallies, protests, and prayer vigils that took place in the week following the verdict.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - About 40 protesters marched down Auburn Avenue early Sunday morning in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury late Saturday night.

Jahar Taylor, dressed in a hoodie, holds a bottle of ice tea and skittles in tribute to Trayvon Martin at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Auburn Avenue, during the early morning march to protest the verdict.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Ron Allen shouts into a microphone during Sunday's early morning march.

The protesters met in the West End and marched to Downtown through Old Fourth Ward and then to Woodruff Park. On Auburn Avenue, the group chanted "No justice, no peace, let's take it to the streets" while they marched.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Aimee Josiane shouts "No justice, no peace!" while marching Sunday morning.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Several police cars slowly followed the demonstrators with flashing lights. No one was arrested during the protest.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Marchers early Sunday morning
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Protesters early Sunday morning
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Marchers early Sunday morning
Thomas Wheatley
July 14, 2013 - At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, approximately 40 people gathered at the Five Points MARTA station and began marching toward the CNN Center. Protesters traveled from around metro Atlanta to participate in the demonstration.
Thomas Wheatley
July 14, 2013 - Atlanta police officers rode alongside the march and monitored the protest. No arrests were reported.
Thomas Wheatley
July 14, 2013 - The crowd of protesters marched from Five Points to the CNN Center, chanting ""Justice for Trayvon, he could've been your son" and "No justice, no peace."
Thomas Wheatley
July 14, 2013 - One protester, who asked not to be identified, taped a photo of Martin to his shirt.
Thoamas Wheatley
July 14, 2013 - Demonstrators, most of whom discovered the protest via social media, hold a "fist up" moment of silence for Martin.
Thomas Wheatley
July 14, 2013 - Protesters laid on the ground outside Centennial Olympic Park to memorialize Martin.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Kimberly Brooks, 33, says to the crowd that she has a son that is around the age of Trayvon Matrtin and is unhappy with the not guilty verdict for the George Zimmerman case during a rally at West End Park late Sunday afternoon.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Crowds of hundreds gathered at West End Park to express their feelings following the not guilty verdict for the George Zimmerman case.

A Facebook event started by Taryn Jordan and Leila Ali urged people not to celebrate the verdict.

"Thus we ask you to stand up on your block, in your community, in your city and join us in the streets at 6 pm on the day of the verdict, regardless of what it is. Come to express your sorrow, your rage, and your continuing demand for justice for Trayvon and beyond," read the event page. The Atlanta community answered the plea and assembled at West End Park in the hundreds to address issues of race, the justice system and the country.

After many individuals spoke, a spontaneous march to Peachtree Street followed. Chants of "No justice, no peace. Let's take it to the streets" could be heard in unison with car horns as protesters walked down Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and beyond.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Chloe Petty, 9, listens as a member of the crowd speaks into a megaphone during the protest.
Alyssa Pointer
Thomas Reaves, 17, speaks to the crowd of peaceful protesters. Reaves told the crowd that he and other athletes his age should be able to walk around their neighborhoods without anyone stalking them. "Racism isn't right," Reaves said.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - A peaceful protester patiently waits for the crowd of hundreds to quiet down during her speech at the West End Park.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - A crowd of hundreds leave West End Park and walks down Lawton Street, headed toward Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Brittney hands out fliers that contain a photo of Trayvon Martin to onlookers in their vehicles as they are temporarily stopped during the peaceful protest.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Protesters shouted "Justice for Trayvon" as they walked down the street in Atlanta, temporarily stopping traffic.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Atlanta police followed the crowd and directed traffic as they traveled from West End Park to Centennial Olympic Park.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - A member of the crowd directs the participants to stay on one side of the road to be sure not to walk into incoming traffic.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Uryi Chaney (from left), Keon Mercer, and Trevor Thomas watch and record the crowd as they pass by their apartment complex on Northside Drive.
Alyssa Pointer
July 14, 2013 - Members of the protest seek shelter under a gas station on Northside Drive after an unexpected rain shower halted their march.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - Ron Allen, from the Georgia Student Justice Alliance, arrives Downtown after marching from the West End.

After the march Allen said, "People want justice if someone can stalk and confront and kill a teenager and not be found guilty of anything, that is unjust. What we are demanding of our political system, judicial system, our economic system, we are demanding justice and fairness."

"Michael Vick was sent to two years of prison for dog fighting, is Trayvon Martin's life more valuable than a dog?"
Joeff Davis
Marchers arrive Downtown
Joeff Davis
Protesters gather at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Andrew Young International Buoulevard in Downtown Atlanta.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - There they held a short rally in the middle of the street.
Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - They stood in the intersection for about 20 minutes.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - On Monday evening, another Trayvon Martin rally was held in Atlanta.

A. Boone, widow of Pastor and civil rights activist, Joseph E. Boone, speaks to the crowd assembled outside of the Robert W. Woodruff Library located on the Atlanta University Center campus. Protestors gathered, again on Monday, July 15, to express their displeasure with the 'not guilty' verdict given to George Zimmerman. Pastors, elected officials, local celebrities and Atlanta citizens showed up to the Robert W. Woodruff Library located on Atlanta University Center's campus. After hearing from concerned participants, a word of prayer was said and the march down Martin Luther King Jr. blvd ensued. Police were present to direct traffic and lead the group of 1,000 to the CNN building. "No Justice, No Peace" and "I am Trayvon" could be heard through loudspeakers and megaphones as participants walked down the streets.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - William Green raises his fist during a speech near the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the Atlanta University Center Campus. "I am inspired and motivated. My life has changed," said Green.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - A crowd of 1,000 protestors walk east on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. toward the CNN Center in reaction to the George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - Local Atlanta rappers, Michael 'Pastor Troy' Troy (left) and Darryl 'Lil Scrappy' Richardson (middle), along with other concerned citizens, stand protesting in front of the CNN sign on Centennial Olympic Drive.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - Ihbbin Tophia (from left) George, Nagarai Tophia, and Ausu Tophia, stand on the side of a pick-up truck for a better view during the protest outside of the CNN Center.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - Protestors march back to their cars after listening to speakers in front of the CNN center.
Alyssa Pointer
July 15, 2013 - Jordan L. (left) and Kavarus eat from their bag of Skittles outside of the CNN Center during the peaceful protest.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - On Saturday another Trayvon Martin rally was held in Atlanta.

The “I Am Trayvon Martin” Prayer Vigil and Rally took place on the front steps of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta. Thousands of people gathered in a rally which was coordinated with 100 other Trayvon Martin rallies across the country organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

The crowd of thousands of protestors react in unison as they listen to a speaker at the podium.
Alyssa Pointer
Vietnam veteran Freamon Dixson, waves an upside down American flag during the Trayvon Martin Rally held in front of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building. "The country is in distress," Dixson said.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Messiah Deyo, 17, records the crowd on his phone while simultaneously holding a sign he made for the rally.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Martin Luther King III, spoke to the crowd at the rally. At the beginning of his speech, King quoted his late father Martin Luther King Jr.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Grammy Award-winning, Jennifer Holliday, sings to the crowd during the rally.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Maria Harris, 41, raises her hand during a prayer at the rally.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - The crowd reacts to a speaker during the rally.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Emmy-winning actress, Lynn Whitfield, speaks to the crowd at the rally.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Brenda Palmer, 57, listens intently as an individual speaks to the crowd of thousands. Palmer lost a son and a sister to violence and came to the rally to support the Martin family. "I couldn't hold my peace no more," Palmer said.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Toderick X, member of the Nation of Islam, sells The Final Call paper at the Trayvon Martin Protest.
Alyssa Pointer
July 20, 2013 - Omega Jackson, 50, reacts to a speaker during the rally.
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Joeff Davis
July 14, 2013 - About 40 protesters marched down Auburn Avenue early Sunday morning in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury late Saturday night.

Jahar Taylor, dressed in a hoodie, holds a bottle of ice tea and skittles in tribute to Trayvon Martin at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Auburn Avenue, during the early morning march to protest the verdict.
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