In the wake of the Trayvon Martin murder, outcry from local and national clergy have spurred everything from marches, debates, rallies, and now – Hoodie Sunday.
Slated for Sunday, March 25th – congregations across the nation are encouraging their members to attend in the hoodie of their choice. While wearing a hoodie, carrying skittles and a beverage – unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by, George Zimmerman in the gated community of Sanford, FL.
Hoodie Sunday continues to build upon the solidarity between the church and Trayvon Martin Movement – the immediate response from clergy as news of the story broke is a welcomed change of pace from what is often perceived by the community as slow to no response.
Responding to the authentic demand of the community, the congregations of Allen Temple Baptist Church (Oakland, CA), Mount Calvary Baptist Church (Fairfield/Suisun, CA)The Way Christian Center (Berkeley, CA), Blessed Faith COGIC (Sacramento, CA), Bible Way Christian Center (San Jose, CA), Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA), Empowerment Temple (Baltimore, MD), Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church (Decatur, GA), Saint Paul’s Baptist Church (Richmond, VA), and others will stand in with the Martin family and those who demand that Martin’s shooter be brought to justice.
The growing use of new media coupled with swelling activity from congregations, community, and celebrities is poised to take Hoodie Sunday beyond this weekend, and beyond the pulpit.