Slain boy’s dad adds voice to help black men, boys

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trayvon Martin’s father is joining an effort by members of Congress to focus more attention on issues that have a disproportionate impact on black men and boys.

Tracy Martin is set to speak later Wednesday at a forum billed as the first session of the Congressional Black Men and Boys Caucus. The gathering was organized to discuss issues ranging from racial profiling to chronic unemployment and high incarceration rates.

One of the organizers, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, says it’s time to “bring our black men and boys to center stage.”

Martin’s appearance comes after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The verdict touched off protests and calls for Zimmerman to face federal charges of violating Trayvon’s civil rights.

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