Even when rain started beating down in the middle of the Saturday afternoon rally in support of Trayvon Martin, the crowd of thousands did not waver.
Mother of three, Danisha Crummie, said she believed the rain was a test.
"It's to see how serious we are and if we're really going to stand here for what we believe," Crummie said. "I don't care about my hair, my shoes or anything. I want justice."
Organizers told the crowd to gather in front of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building at noon, but crowds instead went across the street to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building. Robert Strong said he believes the crowd decided to gather in front of the MLK building because of Russell's vocal opposition to civil rights.
"I don't look at the name of this building because I know what the man stands for - it's the federal building," Strong said. "But over here, Dr. King, I know what he stands for."
King's son, Martin Luther King III, called for supporters to consider not buying products from states that have the "Stand Your Ground" law, a law that George Zimmerman initially used as his defense for shooting Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed.
"I didn't say we are boycotting, I say we need to consider it a strategy," Martin Luther King III said.
The rally ended peacefully Saturday afternoon, with the sun shining once again.
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