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Ulman to Speak at Prayer Vigil for Trayvon Martin

Local organizations are holding the vigil to show solidarity with the Florida teen.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled to speak at a prayer vigil for Trayvon Martin on April 9 at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia. The vigil starts at 7 p.m.

Martin’s death has become a national issue after the teen was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense and has not been charged under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

The vigil organizers, the NAACP Youth Council, the African American Coalition of Howard County and the St. John the Baptist Community have invited the public to attend. St. John Baptist Church is located at 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia. 

Matt M April 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
They're having a vigil to show solidarity with a dead person? That's....interesting...
Elizabeth April 06, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Oh come on. The kid was a punk. I read his twitter page. The filth he wrote! Now that the "real story" has come out, why do this? Just a publicity stunt.
George Kafantaris April 07, 2012 at 03:01 AM
It is time that we look at the Trayvon Martin killing for what it is -- a criminal homicide, only incidental to race. One cannot draw a much different conclusion by listening to the cries for help heard in the recorded 911 calls. Even without them, however, it seems improbable that a confident, stocky-build man, with a gun in his holster, would need to beg for help -- notwithstanding the claims of Zimmerman, his father and his brother. Our understanding of human nature and common sense tells us that such cries would come from someone who is severely threatened and acutely aware of his imminent death. Any doubts of this are removed by merely listening to those multiple “help, help” pleas loud enough to be picked up during the 911calls. Aside from their heart-wrenching intensity, we also note that these cries go on for over a minute. Was Zimmerman telling Martin during that time that he was about to pull the trigger? Why else would Martin need to plead for help with such desperation? If Zimmerman was threatening to shoot Martin in those two minutes before we hear the shot, what we have then is a cold blooded murder – and by one clever enough to now use our racial divide to get away with it. We should see through this tactic and not let him do so. Not only because such defense would further divide us, but also because an unrepentant criminal would get away with murder. http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11548279
Concerned Citizen April 09, 2012 at 12:42 AM
As a Christian, I find it sad that St. John Baptist Church (an predominantly or all black church) would hold such an event. Would they do this if the victim were Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, White? I think not. I imagine they also support voting for Obama simply because he is black, even though he holds views which are undeniably non-Christian (pro abortion, etc.). St. John Baptist Church needs to remember Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Perhaps they should change their name to St. John Baptist Social Group whose purpose is to promote the black races, irrespective of Jesus Christ.
HoCo resident April 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
As a Christian I find it sad that you assume a church would not show compassion in another case assuming it were similar to this one (in scope and national prominence). I personally don't remember a situation involving a Hispanic, Chinese, Korean or White person getting so much attention but I could be wrong. I don't know what happened on that night in Florida and neither does anyone else, aside from Zimmerman I suppose. I do have my suspicions and I also find it sad that this issues seems to have brought forth a divide amongst many people largely based on race. Also, each time someone argues about pro choice v. pro life and the Christian principles behind it, others can point to the death penalty and many politicians who support that and are also Christian. Extreme views and those who vote for politicians based on 1 or 2 issues rather than their whole candidacy is narrow minded and weak (as is voting for someone solely on their appearance, gender, race etc). I love that quote you wrote from the Bible, but it seems you are using it in a divisive way to stir up a racial issue in your mind. I hope that isn't the case.

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