College students across the country will be shedding more light on the Trayvon Martin case with a vigil.
MALIK Fraternity Inc. has planned the 1000 Campus Vigil for Trayvon Martin. The observance is scheduled for April 4between 8:02 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., the times the 911 calls reported the shooting were placed.
Ernest Heyward, one of the co-founders of the fraternity, explained the importance of getting college students involved.
“There are a lot of rallies and protests going on right now,” he said in statement. “But there has not been a national coordinated effort of students to express their concerns and students have played a role in activism. That’s why we really wanted to get college students back to some form of activism and, for us, this display of unity in a silent vigil amongst students across the country at the same time is the first step.”
Students from 17 colleges and universities across the country have planned to participate including: University at Albany, Medgar Evers College, Hofstra University, University of Maryland, New Paltz, Tuskegee University, Guilford College, Montclair State University, Daemon College, Syracuse University, Florida A&M, George Washington University, Sonoma State University, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University.
MALIK Fraternity, Inc. encourages everyone to change their profile picture to Martin on April 4, too. “Let us make Facebook become Trayvon Martin,” the fraternity expressed in a press release.
The vigil coincides with the day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Dr. King was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. EST), whis is the approximate time Trayvon was killed.