Trayvon parents lead US rallies

The parents of Florida teen Trayvon Martin have taken part in nationwide rallies over the acquittal of the man who killed their son. It comes after President Obama made an emotional address, saying the unarmed black teenager "could have been me".

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Jamie Foxx backs Trayvon Martin's mother 'forever'

Jamie Foxx wears a t-shirt with Trayvon Martin printed on it. Credit: LuMarPhoto/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment

Hollywood star Jamie Foxx expressed his support for the family of black teenager Trayvon Martin, after George Zimmerman was acquitted over his death. Foxx addressed the issue at Comic-Con in San Diego.

According to the Washington Times, the actor met the teen's mother Sybrina Fulton at an awards show. He said: “She’s always been courageous in saying this has never been about race. She said it’s about 17-year-old kids. We have to protect our kids. So I stand with her forever.

“There’s something wrong when a 17-year-old child is on his way home and someone with a gun pursues him and he ends up losing his life".

Protests held across US cities to honour Trayvon Martin

Protests have been held in more than 100 US cities against the acquittal of George Zimmerman over the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Marchers cross Assembly Street on Richland Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Credit: Jeff Blake/The State/MCT/ABACAPRESS. COM
"Justice for Trayvon" rally outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D. C. Credit: y Andre Chung/MCT/ABACAPRESS. COM
Faye Byrd, right, participates in a "Justice for Trayvon" rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Credit: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/MCT/ABACAPRESS. COM

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Trayvon Martin's mother leads New York City rally

Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton and Reverend Al Sharpton at the New York City rally. Credit: Dennis Van Tine / ABACAUSA.COM

Around 2,000 protesters took to the streets of New York in honour of Trayvon Martin, led by the slain teenager's mother.

Hundreds of protesters rally in New York City to express their anger over the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Sybrina Fulton told the crowd, "Trayvon was a child. I think sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle because as I sat in the courtroom, it made me think they were talking about another man. And it wasn't. It was a child."

Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z, joined the rally in New York City. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

She was joined at the event by Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, along with New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton.

Hundreds rally in Los Angeles to honour Trayvon Martin

People carry a photo of Trayvon Martin during the Los Angeles march. Credit: REUTERS/David McNew

Hundreds of people have taken to the street of Los Angeles to honour Trayvon Martin as rallies take place across the US following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who killed the teenager.

A message is displayed on the face of Keesha Clark during a march in Los Angeles. Credit: REUTERS/David McNew

Chants of "no justice, no peace!" broke out occasionally during the peaceful gathering outside a federal courthouse in Los Angeles.

Protesters march during a demonstration against the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, in Los Angeles. Credit: REUTERS/David McNew

"We've got to stop our children getting cut down at an early age," Pastor William Smart, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z attend Trayvon Martin rally in NYC

Rapper Jay-Z and his wife, singer Beyonce, took the stage in New York. Credit: Reuters

Around 200 people cheered as rapper Jay-Z and his wife, singer Beyonce, took the stage in New York where Trayvon Martin's mother, was expected to speak later.

Some hoisted signs at the rally that read "Boycott Florida" and many wore T-shirts with a photo image of Martin wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

"I've got four beautiful daughters. I want them to look forward rather than behind their backs," said Harlem resident Maria Lopez, 31, who attended the rally with her children.

Trayvon father leads Miami rally in honour of his son

Trayvon Martin's parents joined celebrities and hundreds of protesters in rallies across the country to express anger over the acquittal of the man who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager.

Tracy Martin speaks at a rally for his son Trayvon in Miami. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Singing the civil rights protest song "We Shall Overcome," a crowd gathered around Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, in Miami exactly one week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the incident, where the 17-year-old Martin was shot through the heart.

People attend a rally led by Tracy Martin in Miami. A rally has also taken place in New York. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Trayvon Martin's parents to lead nationwide rally

The parents of Trayvon Martin, mother Sybrina Fulton and father Tracy Martin. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

The parents of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin are due to lead peaceful protests in New York and Miami today as rallies are held in more than 100 cities across America against the acquittal of the man who shot and killed him.

The demonstrations outside federal court buildings and police headquarters were set to take place exactly one week after a jury in central Florida acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Vigils held for Trayvon Martin across America

Rallies have continued to have been held across America after George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Mr Zimmerman said the fatal shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old in February last year was an act of self-defence.

Young teens took to the streets in Camden, New Jersey, in response to the recent verdict over the death of Trayvon Martin. Credit: Philadelphia Daily News/ABACA/Press Association Images
Protesters in Oakland, California, called for justice following the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman. Credit: Bay Area News Group/ABACA/Press Association Images
President Obama has urged Americans to do some "soul-searching" about the country's racial past. Credit: Bay Area News Group/ABACA/Press Association Images
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