Lawrence joined cities across the country tonight holding vigils in memory of Trayvon Martin. About 50 people attended the memorial in South Park, many dressed in hoodies in honor of Martin, where they held candles and shared their personal struggles of facing discrimination.
Audrey Pope, a black woman and lifelong Lawrence resident, says as a mother, Martin's death affected her personally.
"What happens when my 3-year-old son everyone thinks is so cute turns 17?" Pope said. "When President Obama said, 'Trayvon Martin could have been me,' that hit my heart."
Pope, who organized the event, says she wanted the vigil not only to serve as a memorial for the teenager killed last year but also to join the nation's dialogue about how to move past racial profiling.
"To see people coming together nationwide to talk about this divisive issue," Pope said, "that's the silver lining."