Black bikers roar for justice

The powerful roar of 800 motorcycle engines pierced the air as a rally of Atlanta’s Black biker clubs took over the street in front of the Georgia Capitol on July 28 demanding justice for Trayvon Martin and all victims of racist violence.

The featured speaker was Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis – another Black Florida youth killed by a white assailant allegedly upset about loud music coming from the teenager’s car. Initiated by the NAACP, the rally also heard from local civil rights leaders, clergy and elected officials.

Clad in their club regalia, bikers revved their engines to signal support and approval of calls for a boycott of Florida and federal prosecution of George Zimmerman.

On July 27, the Cobb [County] United for Change Coalition also held a march and rally in Marietta, Ga., denouncing the verdict. Across the state, organizations continue to hold meetings and other events to analyze and discuss what steps to take to counter white supremacist attitudes that lead to the death and mass incarceration of Black and Brown youth.