New York photographer Darrel Dawkins wants to send a message about the Trayvon Martin story, as do many iReporters who shared self-portraits in support of the movement. "We shouldn't stay silent. We should basically talk about those who are out there discriminating and those who are racist."
'I march to cure the blindness' —
"I march to cure the blindness that has continued to plague our country," says La'Keitha Daniels, an attorney from Atlanta who participated in a rally and afterwards snapped this photo with the iPhone Instagram app. "Trayvon could've been my brother or my son. He is from the city I was born and raised in. His mother lives in my home community," she says.
It could have been my son —
"That could have been my son on the street coming back from the store," says Stephany McGregor of Birmingham, Alabama. She and her 17-year-old boy, Lloyd Laufili Time, pictured here, attended a vigil for Martin on Sunday and have encouraged others to post hoodie photos.
Freezing images to show pain —
Felix Masi, a freelance photographer, says documented and marched in a Washington rally to "freeze images that will hopefully help others understand the pain and tragedy of killing innocent people because of their color."
Wants 'Stand Your Ground' law repealed —
Al Mealey marched with about 1,000 people in Los Angeles, California, on Monday because he wants the "stand your ground" law repealed. "The law makes no sense. It simply legalizes vigilantism."
Fighting for two teenage sons —
Coco High of Kingwood, Texas, marched in a rally in Houston on Monday. "I have two teenage boys and my heart just hurts for this mother, never to see your son again, I can't imagine," she says. High and her 17-year-old son, Jordan, right, snapped a portrait together and edited it with the photo app Color Touch.
Tired of 'senseless violence' —
"I marched for Trayvon Martin was because I was tired of seeing young black men like myself (and all youth for that matter) being gunned down due to senseless violence," says Terrence Robinson, who attended two Trayvon Martin rallies last weekend in Chicago, Illinois. "I was tired of hearing about and seeing parents have to choose coffins instead of colleges."
Angry that youth are 'perceived as troublemakers' —
She hasn't marched in any rallies, but Norma Valdez of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, has been furious since she heard about the Trayvon Martin story. She took a photo donning her "I see dumb people" hoodie in solidarity with the cause. "I can't believe in our day and time people are still perceiving our youth as troublemakers, and I find it hard to believe race wasn't a factor."