TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A student organization is planning events to remember Trayvon Martin and protest the Stand Your Ground Law.
The Florida State University and Florida A&M University chapters of Dream Defenders, a statewide organization focused on minority issues, will be holding events at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The 3 p.m. event is a speak out that will take place at the FSU Integration Statues. The event will be a protest of legislation referred to as the Stand Your Ground law. The Stand Your Ground Law states that you can shoot or harm someone in self-defense if you perceive them as a threat. The law gained national attention after an unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin, was shot to death in Sanford. The man accused of shooting him is using Stand Your Ground as his defense.
Students at FSU will be speaking out on how they feel about the legislation and the state of minority youth one year after the death of Martin, who was shot on February 26, 2012.
The 6 p.m. event at FAMU's campus will be a candlelight vigil at the Eternal Flame. They vigil is in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, as well as all those who have lost their lives due to racism and prejudice.
Dream Defenders has local chapters in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville and Tallahassee on college campuses and in communities.