Forum held in Raleigh on Zimmerman verdict and what it means for society

July 24, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
A discussion was held Thursday evening in Raleigh about the George Zimmerman verdict and what happens next in our society.

Organizers for the event, which was held at Martin Baptist Church, felt it was important for the church to get involved in the Zimmerman debate and keep the dialogue going.

They decided to hold the forum after an overwhelming response to last Sunday's rally in Trayvon Martin's honor in downtown Raleigh.

A panel spoke before the crowd including clergy members, judges, community leaders and a Wake County School Board member.

Some said now is an opportunity to look inward and make changes. They are encouraging people to spend more time mentoring youth.

"It's a dangerous time because you can't say anything back to a person now. You don't know how they're going to take it, when somebody will reach in their pocket and pull out a gun and shot or a knife or a part of scissors or anything like that," said Dr. Earl Johnson with the Martin Street Baptist Church. "So it's dangerous for kids, and the biggest thing is young black males are walking around feeling unappreciated."

There are plans to hold another forum but a date has yet to be determined.

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