On Sunday, Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, did not wear the traditional clergy robe. Instead, he greeted hundreds of congregants at the 11 a.m. service in a hoodie — a Morehouse College hoodie to be exact — worn with gray dress pants.
It was a show of support for Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was killed on Feb. 26 while returning from a convenience store to a gated community in Sanford, Fla.
Warnock and his congregation joined churchgoers and demonstrators nationwide on Sunday as sermons, prayer vigils and marches continued in protest of what is believed to be a case of racial profiling.
Martin was wearing a hoodie, the term used for the popular hooded sweatshirts, when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman last month. Police said Martin was unarmed — carrying a bag of candy and iced tea — as he returned to the community where his father was staying. Zimmerman claims he was acting in self-defense and has not been charged in the case.
Churches in Atlanta and New York joined demonstrators in Florida, Illinois and other states across the country to protest how the case has been handled.