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Published March 30, 2012, 10:16 AM

Protesters wear hoodies at Minneapolis rally for Florida teen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators have turned out at a Minneapolis rally to protest last month's killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators have turned out at a Minneapolis rally to protest last month's killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.

Many of the protesters wore hooded sweat shirts at Thursday night's rally at the University of Minnesota. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie the night he was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/Hpjtjy) reports the rally drew a diverse crowd that included many students, older people and families with children. Many held signs and banners with messages such as "Justice for Trayvon Martin" and "Stand together against injustice."

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali wore his hoodie to the rally. He says Americans are obsessed with black culture, "but at the same time we have a deep-seated fear of blackness."

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