Georgia’s chapter of the NAACP has a new elected leader for the first time in eight years. Civil rights attorney and pastor Francys Johnson takes over as president after a statewide conference last month. Johnson is 34, which means he grew up in a post-segregation society. But he said the organization is still fighting some of the same battles of his predecessors.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the CNN Center in protest of George Zimmerman's recent acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The large group chanting "No justice, no peace" and other mottos Monday night was at least the fourth to take to the city's streets.
A group of demonstrators gathered downtown Sunday afternoon to protest neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Another rally had been planned for Sunday evening in the city's West End neighborhood as additional rallies began taking shape across the country.
For years little attention was paid to the 2005 death of Brian Epp and the murder conviction of the man accused of killing him, John McNeil. Protests are now growing by those who believe the case was handled differently from similar cases because McNeil is black and Epp was white.
Thousands rallied on the steps of the Georgia state Capitol in memory of the unarmed 17-year-old killed by a Florida neighborhood watch captain while returning from a convenience store. Civil rights groups, students and public officials called Monday for an end to stand-your-ground laws.