Zimmerman trial verdict prompts calls for peace in Boston

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Youth Minister Willie Bodrick II strode to the pulpit of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury on Sunday morning wearing a maroon hoodie.

“You know that I like to wear nice ties and nice suits, but there are more pressing issues,” he told congregants. “I wear this hoodie in solidarity. This hoodie today is my robe, because I am that little black boy. We are all that little black boy.”

Local ministers and churchgoers called for peace and healing Sunday, following a divisive not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who last year shot and killed unarmed African-American teen Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt..

A protest that drew hundreds, many wearing hoodies and carrying handmade signs, to Roxbury’s Dudley Square Sunday evening was peaceful, even as more than two dozen speakers forcefully expressed their frustration with the verdict and with wider issues of inequality.

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