Metro-East News

August 21, 2014

Tracy Martin to speak at rally Saturday in East St. Louis

The Trayvon Martin Foundation is hosting a peace festival Saturday in East St. Louis.

Organizers say Tracy Martin will be the featured speaker. Martin is promoting a concept called "Circle of Fathers" to strengthen fatherhood and encourage community building.

Martin is the father of Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed in 2012 in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman.

Parallels have been drawn between the Martin case and that of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man was was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jones Park. For more information, call Katrina Liddell at 618- 530-5427 or Dwayne Acoff at 757-329-2674.

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