Alabama civil rights rally

Associated Press

Hundreds of demonstrators are rallying at a park in downtown Birmingham to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Marlon Wright was among the demonstrators who gathered at Kelly Ingram Park Monday and said he has to be wary around police as a young black man. He says he fears that Zimmerman's acquittal will only make matters worse.

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Civil rights advocates plan to rally in Washington, D.C. while the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele says the group of about 150 will leave Washington D.C. Feb. 27 after a rally and press conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Section 5 of the act bars states from altering voting qualifications and procedures without federal approval.