The Rev. Al Sharptonannounced through social media that he will be visiting Sanford next week to hold a rally for slain Miami teen Trayvon Martin, whose killing by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer has sparked national outrage.
The MSNBC commentator, civil-rights activist and founder of the National Action Network announced on his Twitter and Facebook pages that he planned to arrive in Central Florida on Thursday.
The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford, according to his social-media sites.
Sharpton's rally is one of several community meetings and events that have taken place since the 17-year-old was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in a gated community more than two weeks ago.
Zimmerman has not been charged with any crime. He told police he shot Martin in self defense.
Martin's family has launched a public campaign against Sanford police, calling for the chief's resignation and an independent investigation through a blitz of news conferences and statements.
Sharpton has become the latest and most-high profile voice to emerge in the case after a slew of community activists, pastors and legislators came forward decrying the police investigation.
"National Action Network and I have called for a complete and thorough investigation into the killing of 17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin,'' Sharpton said in an earlier statement. "The fact that a young unarmed man could be killed by a neighborhood watch captain while his family was blatantly misled by local police as to the background of the shooter is disturbing."
The 911 tapes were released Friday and the case has been forwarded to the State Attorney's Office.
Other protests are also planned. On Monday, law students from across the region plan to demand the arrest of Zimmerman at a rally from 8 a.m. to noon at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, 101 Bush Blvd., Sanford.
On March 26, Baltimore evangelist Jamal Bryant plans a protest that will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Sanford City Hall. The group plans to attend the City Council meeting at 5 p.m.
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