The TCU chapter of NAACP is scheduled to join two other DFW collegiate chapters of the organization Thursday night for a “Peaceful Protest for Justice” in Arlington, according to an email sent by TCU's NAACP secretary.
The secretary, Kee-Kee Jackson, wrote in an email that the event will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) Central Library Mall, where TCU, UNT and UTA chapters of the NAACP will meet, discuss and “form a plan of action in response to the verdict of the Zimmerman trial.”
UTA chapter president Michael Coleman said he and TCU chapter 2nd vice president Gabrielle McBay organized the event.
"[Gabrielle] texted me on Sunday morning and said 'Hey, we've got to do something about this now'," Coleman said. "From there we started contacting people, trying to put everything together."
The Saturday acquittal of George Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked national response, discussion and controversy, including an NAACP pledge to make an effort to bring up civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
On its Twitter, the NAACP wrote:
BREAKING: Zimmerman acquitted on all charges.We will update you as we work to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman through the DOJ.
— NAACP (@NAACP) July 14, 2013
Although demonstrations and protests across the country have become violent, TCU chapter secretary Jackson stressed the importance of non-violence at Thursday’s gathering.
“We just want to let people know about what’s going on as far as actual laws and have a peaceful protest so people won’t feel the need to rally up and be angry,” she said.
According to the email, the protest will start at 6 p.m. and will feature speakers that will talk about different aspects of the case and the laws that affected the verdict.
“We want the Martin family to know that people do still care. We’re trying to come together and show a united a front. Even though we’re from different schools, communities and backgrounds, we want to show that we can come together and support,” Jackson said.
Coleman said he expects a minimum of 100 people to attend the event.