U of L Rallies Around Trayvon Martin, President Ramsey Responds (VIDEO)

by Devin Katayama on March 26, 2012

University of Louisville President James Ramsey says he respects the First Amendment rights of students who participated in a walkout and rally over the Trayvon Martin case on Monday.

Martin made national headlines after neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

Details of the case are still unclear, but initial reports say Martin was shot while walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman claims he felt threatened, but his actions and the Florida “stand your ground” law that may keep him from facing arrest have spawned a national controversy.

The U of L walkout was one of several Martin-related protests scheduled nationwide Monday.

Stacy Brooks is a substitute teacher in Jefferson County and a father of four. He attended and spoke at the event and said the crowd was energized.

“I like that all people and races were out there,” said Brooks. “This [rally] has really brought home that there is unequal justice,” he said.

Brooks addressed the crowd of over 100 students and activists who attended the rally and delivered an . The video was produced by local documentary filmmaker Stephon Barbour.

Check it out:

Ramsey told WFPL he was unaware the rally was happening today, but he said students should express their view on issues after considering their implications.

“We think that the process needs to play out and the investigations need to play out. We totally support freedom of speech with our students and think that its fitting for them to express their views. We do believe that classroom time is very important,” said Ramsey.

Another rally is scheduled Tuesday outside the federal courthouse in downtown Louisville.

 

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