SCLC spotlights Trayvon Martin case

Charles Steele, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The group will open its convention Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Sanford, Fla., the city where Trayvon Martin was killed. /AP Photo/David Kohl

ATLANTA — The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is scheduled to hold its annual convention this week in the city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in an effort to keep attention on the incident.

The SCLC convention opens Thursday in Sanford, Fla. Martin was killed Feb. 26, and his death has raised questions about racial profiling and gun rights. Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman has been charged in the shooting.

The SCLC’s theme this year is “Your Community, Your Change: Vote for Transformation,” which reflects a focus on voter disenfranchisement and suppression — two issues the civil rights group has traditionally targeted as areas of concern.

The conference ends Saturday after a rally and march to Sanford City Hall.

The SCLC was co-founded in 1957 by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

— Associated Press