SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Activists gathered at the Santa Barbara Courthouse to mark the fifth anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. Martin was unarmed when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012.
Community organizer, Simone Akila, said this memorial was meant to bring awareness to at-risk communities.
"Events like this, Trayvon Martin's death and so many others won't stop unless we come together and put this in the forefront. It is really important that we don't sweep anything underneath the rug with the little comments that are said by any person that could be considered prejudice or mean or hurtful. We need to make sure that we stop that or educate on that, that's very important. And we need to move towards a more safer America," said community organizer, Jordan Killebrew.
Activists from S.U.R.G.E., Solidarity Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Black Lives Matter also took part in today's show of solidarity.