Bellevue resident Franklin Johnson said it shouldn't have taken the death of an unarmed black Florida teenager to become politically involved.
But at an Omaha rally Tuesday night, Johnson said he plans to stay active, and he encouraged others to do the same.
"Let's not wait for the next tragedy," he said.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch captain. Authorities have not charged the shooter, who claimed self-defense under the state's "stand-your-ground" law.
One byproduct of the controversy was the Omaha rally that drew about 150 people to the Malcolm X Foundation.
Speakers called Martin's death an injustice and said black Omahans should address the problem of racism more often.
The event was called "Hoodies Up" in protest of television commentator Geraldo Rivera and others who said Martin might not have been shot if he hadn't been wearing a hoodie.
Most of the people at the rally wore the hooded sweatshirts.
Speakers said black Omahans should look at ways to improve their community from within.
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