On February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a Florida high school student, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. The story captured national attention, with allegations of racism and calls for more scrutiny into how local police handled the investigation. ABC News is maintaining a timeline of the case and some of the controversy surrounding it.
The Associated Press reports that today, African-American community churches around the nation amplified the call for justice. Rev. Jesse Jackson preached a sermon on the teen's death in Eatonville, Florida. "We have to find a way to bring some understanding here," he told his audience. "Unarmed and sober, that's what makes him such a perfect case to earn a story," Jackson said, urging structural change.