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Birmingham Makes Trayvon Martin Honorary Citizen

Birmingham, AL – Leaders in Alabama's largest city have voted to make Florida teenager Trayvon Martin an honorary citizen.

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to declare the 17-year-old an honorary citizen and voice its displeasure over the way his shooting death has been handled in Sanford, Fla.

Black male members of the Birmingham council wore hoodies during their meeting to show solidarity with Martin. The youth was also wearing a hoodie when he was fatally wounded by a neighborhood watch captain last month.

Council President Roderick Royal says the main purpose of the display is to show that minority males often are invisible to people in positions of power.

A community activist says he plans to deliver the Birmingham City Council's resolution to the Florida town where the shooting occurred.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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