Lexington town hall meeting scheduled to discuss Trayvon Martin case

kward1@herald-leader.comJuly 15, 2013 

Neighborhood Watch

Activists at New York's Union Square stood with a cut-out photo of Trayvon Martin on Sunday during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of Martin, 17 in Sanford, Fla. In Kentucky, there was a rally Sunday in Louisville, and in Lexington, a town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night.

CRAIG RUTTLE — Associated Press

  • IF YOU GO

    Town hall meeting to discuss Trayvon Martin case

    When: 7:30 p.m. July 16
    Where: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. Second St., Lexington

The Trayvon Martin case and what it means for Lexington will be the topic of a town hall meeting Tuesday night.

The event, hosted by local poet Bianca Spriggs and moderated by Renee Shaw, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning at 251 West Second Street.

Protests and vigils have been held throughout the country since Saturday night, when a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of the 17-year-old Florida boy.

In Louisville, there was a rally Sunday, and a group called Connected Voices has planned a peaceful demonstration on the Waterfront for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Organizers of Lexington's town hall gathering have promoted the event on Facebook, describing it as "a forum for impassioned and INFORMED dialogue."

The Facebook page already had generated back-and-forth comments over the case by Monday evening.

The description of the event stated, "All opinions are welcome as long as they are respectfully delivered."

Race relations will be among the topics to be covered, but the event also is billed as being "about informing ourselves ... to the law and policies of Kentucky" and it could be a springboard for "continued dialogue and action."

Spriggs declined to be interviewed Monday night, saying via email that she preferred to wait until after the meeting.

IF YOU GO

Town hall meeting to discuss Trayvon Martin case

When: 7:30 p.m. July 16
Where: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. Second St., Lexington

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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