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In an unusual way, the nation has grown in the midst of this tragedy. Still, we as individuals have to make the decision whether we will come together with love and allow God to use this tragedy to make a better nation.

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The Trayvon Martin case was the reason for Sunday’s march, but the people who spoke, like David Wilson Jr., Bryant Hood, Elder Judy Fallen, the Rev. Avon Keen, Tim Griffin, Councilman Alonzo Jones and Justin Ferrell, represent part of the future of leadership in Danville.

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“What do we want?” “Justice!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” Those words were the rallying cry for hundreds of people who gathered at Doyle Thomas Park on Green Street Sunday evening for a peaceful march to the Danville courthouse in remembrance of Trayvon Martin — the 17-year-old killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida last year — as well as all of the people who have died as a result of violence in Danville.

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Every parent wants to encourage their children to have self-confidence, embrace new challenges and strive for excellence rather than worrying about and avoiding conflict with authority figures who may be on a power trip.

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This was a double tragedy involving conflict between superior societal forces and two protagonists. Shakespeare couldn’t have come up with a more tragic plot. It makes all of us very sorry indeed that it has happened, and has ruined the lives of two families.

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Danville residents — led by the mother of a child who was shot the death — plan to march from Doyle Thomas Park on Green Street to the courthouse steps Sunday in remembrance of Trayvon Martin and in support of his family.

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