A pivotal moment will perhaps underscore the Trayvon Martin case on Monday as tens of thousands of people, including stars from the sports world, are expected to gather for a rally in Sanford, Fla. and hear Martin's parents the Sanford City Commission to demand justice, according to reports.
Wade wears We Want Justice on his sneaker in tribute to Martin during the Heat's game against the Detroit Pistons on March 23. (Reuters/Rebecca Cook)
Sports stars have recently paid tribute to the 17-year-old Martin, who was shot and killed in Sanford on Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who claimed he acted in self-defense and has not been arrested. On Friday, Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade posted a photo of himself in a hoodie to his social media pages, while foward LeBron James tweeted a photo of 13 Heat players wearing black hoodies with their heads bowed. The hoodie, which Martin was wearing at the time he was killed, has become the national solidarity symbol of Martin and the case.
Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, thanked the Miami Heat for their support.
These athletes are saying, 'It's not about who I am. It's about right and wrong,' he said to the Associated Press. It's like everybody's taking notice. The Miami Heat came out in their hoodies, and that's just saying, 'We are people, we have hearts, we have feelings, we have emotions.' That's a warm feeling. The sports world has embraced this big-time.
ESPN reports that Orlando Magic assistant coach and former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing and current Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis plan to attend the rally alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton with Lewis planning on addressing the crowd..