News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, July 20, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Marches and protests are taking place across the nation in memory of Trayvon Martin. Four of them were held right here in Richmond County.
"I once was a Trayvon Martin myself. So I know what's going on," said one speaker at the event.
Before making it to the courthouse steps to rally, Dominique Manor marched with many others in memory of Trayvon, but that's not all.
"It's bigger than Trayvon Martin because there is black-on-black crime, and some of the things have been swept under the rug," she said.
And if you don't know what Manor means by being swept under the rug, she can explain.
"We are here for justice for everyone in the justice system. Not just for Trayvon, but for other people who have been murdered as well and it's been swept under the rug, even if it's been by another African-American," Manor said.
The march drew a big crowd, but it got even larger once the rally started, even drawing little kids and teens.
"I'm 16 and going into the 10th grade," said Craig Harris.
Harris says he can't help but think about what happened to Trayvon could happen to him. He's even changed his routine since the not guilty ruling.
"When I go to the store with my brothers, I watch behind my back. I watch my surroundings," he said.
Harris says it's sad he has to do that now, but that's the new reality of his life.
While Manor is happy to see the crowd at the rally, she says something is still missing.
"There should be more leaders. The mayor should have been present. I feel the sheriff should have been present. I feel the whole county commission, even the mayor pro tem," she said.
Sheriff Richard Roundtree did send a representative and statement, and Manor says that's better than nothing. However, she says that if elections were coming up, all those public officials would be there, and for that reason, she says people can't wait.