The Reverend Al Sharpton continues to help organize coordinated "Hoodie Protests" against the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin despite the recent death of his 87-year-old mother, Ada.
A spokesmen for Reverend Al reports that Ada Sharpton passed away Thursday morning at her home in Dothan, Alabama. Her death marks the sad conclusion of a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Sharpton plans to fly to Alabama to arrange his mother's funeral after he finishes organizing a rally in Sanford, Florida for Trayvon Martin.
Martin was shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch officer last week. Initial reports indicated that the watchman acted in self defense despite disobeying his orders to "observe and report." Since that initial report, new evidence has come to light that sheds doubt on the officer's account.
Cell phone records and eyewitness testimony both suggest that Trayvon Martin was not acting in an aggressive way at the time he was shot, and may even have been pursued by the Hispanic watchman. It is worth noting that when actual police arrived on the scene, the only weapons found on Martin's body were an iced tea and a package of skittles.
The killing has prompted a public outcry, predominantly among the black community but among many whites as well. Protestors have staged rallies against the shooting in a number of locations around the country with the help of Reverend Sharpton's New York based civil rights organization, the National Action Network.