ROSELLE — The borough will pay tribute to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin this Thursday, part of an event that aims to honor the community’s youth as well as to call attention to race-based violence.
The event, “Our Roselle Youth Are Our Future,” will take place Thursday, Aug. 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sylvester Land Sports Complex at 280 Columbus Avenue in Roselle.
“Communities across the nation are still reeling from the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, which is why it’s critical that we empower and honor our youth each day,” said Roselle Mayor Jamel C. Holley.
“This event does just that: We are celebrating our youth,” Holley added.
“Our Roselle Are Our Future” will feature Reginae Carter and Bria Williams, authors of the bestselling book Paparazzi Princesses and daughters of Lil Wayne and Birdman, one of hip-hop’s most notable partnerships.
The event is the latest in a series of actions taken by Roselle to raise awareness of race-based violence in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial. Last month, Roselle became the first Union County municipality to call on the Obama administration to further investigate the Zimmerman case, after Martin’s assailant was found not guilty of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges based on Florida’s existing “stand-your-ground” law.
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