Hundreds of people are expected to march on Union Square in Manhattan Wednesday night to support the family of a black teenager who was shot dead in Florida last month.
The rally, dubbed “A Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin,” was posted on Facebook and has elicited responses from more than 3,000 people who said they are planning to attend the event that also aims to end racial profiling.
Martin, 17, was shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fl., while walking home from a convenience store where he went to buy some snacks.
The shooter, George Zimmerman, has said that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him, according to reports. Before the incident, the watch captain reported to police that he saw a “real suspicious guy” dressed in a hoodie.
Martin wasn’t in possession of any weapons when he was killed, according to reports. The only thing found on him after his death was skittles and an iced tea.
Zimmerman has not been charged in the teen’s tragic death.
The outrage regarding Martin’s death prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights probe into the shooting.
The people behind the Facebook event also asked supporters take a picture dressed in a hoodie and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #millionhoodies.
“Throw on your hoodies and come gather in Union Square to show your support for justice for Trayvon Martin!” reads the event posting. “A black person in a hoodie isn’t automatically ‘suspicious’. Let’s put an end to racial profiling!”
Several people, donned in hoodies, have already started posting pictures to the event’s Facebook wall.
Martin’s parents are also expected to attend the march on Union Square, the Associated Press reported.