Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, attended a forum today on Capitol Hill, where Democratic lawmakers are looking at racial profiling and hate crimes. They were accompanied by Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, who represents them in Congress.
The forum wasn't an official congressional hearing, although it was sponsored by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee and led by its top Democrat, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
"We have a legal responsibility to end the killing of young boys of all backgrounds in America," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.
The 17-year-old's death one month ago has inspired rallies and marches from coast to coast, and sparked a national conversation about racial profiling and justice. Students, some dressed in all black, have walked out of classes throughout Miami-Dade County. Celebrities and NBA athletes have adopted the cause. In Sanford, as many as 30,000 people showed up at a rally last week and more than 2 million people have signed an online petition and hundreds have donated money to help the family pay expenses.