West LA rally for Trayvon Martin today

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(CNS) – A rally expected to draw prominent civil rights leaders is scheduled to take place at a Los Angeles church today to mark the two-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.

The rally, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the West Los Angeles Church in Christ at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard, will be attended by the Martin family, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Bishop Charles Blake, who preaches at the church.

Several celebrities are expected, including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, David Banner, Paul Rodriguez, radio host Big Boy and Magic Johnson

The rally is being held in part to “advocate for crime victims, educate young people on conflict resolution techniques (and) increase public awareness against all forms of profiling,” the NAACP said in a statement.

Additionally, “this event will commemorate the two-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, ” it said.

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