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Ebenezer Baptist Church commemorates Hoodie Sunday

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In another historic day at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, the choir, congregation and senior pastor traded in their Sunday best to commemorate 'Hoodie Sunday.'

"We are wearing hoodies because the other day we were moving through the routine traffic of our lives when we found ourselves staring in the face of something we thought we had already passed," said Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor Raphael Warnock. 

Pastor Warnock donned his Morehouse college hoodie and dedicated his sermon to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was wearing a hoodie when he was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain in a gated Florida community.                

"Trayvon Martin was profiled, hunted down and killed for crossing some cultural arbitrary line," said Warnock.

Church members at Ebenezer, the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have a long history of standing for justice as America's freedom church.

"The situation that happened with Trayvon was extremely unfortunate, but not unusual and this service is in support of his family and expressing our concerns about the things that currently prevail in America in terms of our African American young men," said Ebenezer Baptist Church member Bob Pickens.

"We're all regular people in hoodies.  We are all one people that's one of a kind and we just support him and his family," said Ebenezer Baptist Church member Angela Kelley.

"Trayvon got up inside of all of us, from Florida to New York, from Massachusetts to Mississippi, he got up and began to speak and say to America, 'You can do better, rise up,'" said Warnock.

In closing, Warnock made it clear that no one should be considered suspicious in a hoodie and that history suggests that African American's should be the one's fearful of people in hoods.

"The funny thing is, we've been dealing with people in our communities wearing hoods and we didn't shoot anybody and we didn't kill anybody.  We believed in America even when American didn't believe in us.  We kept the faith," said Warnock.

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