In response to the Trayvon Martin verdict, the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus will hold a Vigil for Justice at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Capitol. Participants are asked to bring a cell phone or flashlight to “light up the night.” Said a news release:
This gathering is explicitly not a rally or a protest. It is a call to action for every Arkansan to accept responsibility for turning back the tide of profiling and systemic disenfranchisement African American males face in their daily lives.
“We want to especially invite young people, the clergy, advocates for equality, community leaders, business leaders, local and state policy makers, and enforcers of policy. But make no mistake, this call to action is for all of us,” said Rep. Fred Love, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.
ALSO: Judge Wendell Griffen sent me the sermon he delivered Sunday on the verdict at the Baptist church he pastors. He said:
The name of Trayvon Martin now joins that of Emmit Till, Oscar Grant, Rodney King, Matthew Shepherd, and many more people who have been mistreated, abused, and victimized by people motivated by hate, bigotry, and fear.
Separately, Love issued a statement on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the slaying of Trayvon Martin: