LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of people gathered in Lexington Saturday for a rally responding to the not guilty verdict handed down by a Florida jury to George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was charged in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The people who gathered there said this was a peaceful protest in response to a violent incident. It was one of more than 100 rallies planned across the country on the same day.
"It's a response to the the concerns and the hurts and the feelings of Lexingtonians about an injustice, a perceived injustice, in the results of the trial," said Kenneth Golphin, chairman of the Lexington Human Rights Commission.
Around 100 people gathered on the steps of the Federal Courthouse, many stepping up to speak their minds.
"Many people feel impassioned about this and they haven't had a chance to share their voice," said Gina DeArth, who helped plan Lexington's rally.
Organized in the last few days, those in attendance made it clear they were offering support to Trayvon Martin's parents.
They hope lessons about understanding will be learned from these rallies.
"We had so much unity from so many people coming together and it's beautiful to see a community be able to do that," DeArth said.
"Not one speech of hatred, not one speech of disunion, and separation, but everything was focused on the reality of life and trying to get each other together," Golphin said.
A similar rally was held in Bowling Green hours later.