Apr 26, 2012 7:08 PM by Associated Press (SR)

NAACP to hold rally for Trayvon Martin in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are among those scheduled to attend a civil rights rally in honor of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin and others in Los Angeles.

Martin's family members, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Stevie Wonder also are expected to attend Thursday's NAACP-hosted rally to address racial profiling, crime and community action.

Martin was shot to death Feb. 26 as he walked home on a rainy night in his Florida gated community.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in Martin's death. Zimmerman claims self-defense, but Martin's family claims he targeted the unarmed teen mainly because the teen was black.

The event will also honor Kendrec McDade, an unarmed teen who was gunned down last month by Pasadena police.

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