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Tallahassee students march again, demand ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin’

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April 3, 2012
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FSU student Michael Sampson leads a militant march against the murder of Trayvon
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FSU student Michael Sampson leads a militant march against the murder of Trayvon Martin. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
FAMU student Ciara Smith speaks out against the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Students speak out against the Trayvon Martin killing.
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FAMU student Ciara Smith speaks out against the killing of Trayvon Martin. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
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Students speak out against the Trayvon Martin killing. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Tallahassee, FL - More than 200 students from Florida State University (FSU) marched on the streets here, March 26, to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. The marched started off at the FSU Integration Statue with organizer of the march, Michael Sampson, reflecting on “why we are marching for justice.”

"Any of us can be Trayvon Martin,” said Sampson. "We are here to stand up against a criminal justice system rooted in racism and demand justice for not just Trayvon Martin but all the other victims of institutional racism in this country.” An activist with Uhuru at FSU, Kristen Bonner also spoke out against racism.

The students then marched, yelling chants such as, "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" The students marched through downtown Tallahassee to in front of the Old Capitol of Florida where they yelled and chanted for Justice for Trayvon.

At the Old Capitol, students from FSU were joined by FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) and Tallahassee Community College students.

FAMU activist Ciara Taylor told the crowd, "We are issuing a call to action to the youth and students of Florida, the United States and the world. We must make our mark in the pages of history. We must return to the days of old when youth and students came together, built organizations and directly challenged the power structures that have oppressed our communities. Our future depends on it. Our time is now, as it was for the youth that fought for Civil Rights just a few short decades ago. How many of our Black and brown youth have to die? The torch is ours. The time is now."