Dozens filled a small church in Orlando on Sunday for the first of many gatherings to commemorate the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death.
Greater Orlando CARES, a non-profit group, sponsored the event, which included singing, poems, speeches and performances aimed at honoring Martin's legacy. One of the Martin family attorneys, Natalie Jackson, spoke to the audience.
Jackson said the Martins want Trayvon's memory to exude non-violence. They'd also like the movement to serve as an example for youth. Jackson says she hopes it will teach young people to keep standing up for what they think is right.
"It's not about George Zimmerman. It's not about his criminal case. It's about making sure that the Justice Department and the criminal justice system operates the way that it should," said Jackson.
Jackson said despite the Trayvon Martin Foundation's greater cause of inspiring youth and fighting injustice, the Martins are anxiously looking ahead to the case against Zimmerman.
"This is a family that lost a child. They lost a 17-year-old child, so of course for them they would like to see the killer of their child sent to prison," she said.
Zimmerman's criminal trial looms. It's set for June, but a self-defense hearing is scheduled for April, when a judge could throw out the charges. Zimmerman maintains that he shot the teen in self defense.
Jackson said Martin's parents are expected to attend and speak at a rally held in New York City on Tuesday, which will fall on the exact date of Martin's death.