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Community Conversation to focus on Trayvon Martin shooting

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Contact: Willie Ratchford, Executive Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, the Community Building Initiative and Mecklenburg Ministries will co-host a community conversation, “Can We Talk About Trayvon Martin: Why Is What Happened So Disturbing,” on Wednesday, April 11 at the Little Rock AME Zion Church located at 401 North McDowell Street from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The February 26 shooting in Florida of 17-year-old Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has generated important questions about race, gun rights and the criminal justice system. “We believe it is important for our community to make time for a fair and safe conversation about this incident,” said Community Relations Executive Director Willie Ratchford. “While some people consider it a terrible injustice, others perceive it to be a rush to judgment.”
The conversation will explore why the incident has generated so much attention, whether something similar could happen in our community and what sort of outcomes community members hope to see as a result.

To RSVP for this event, please contact Willie Ratchford at 704-336-2195 or
The next community conversation will focus on North Carolina Amendment One, commonly known as the Marriage Amendment. It will take place on Tuesday, May 1 the Queens University Sports Complex, 2229 Tyvola Road, at 7 p.m.