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TEMPLE HILLS, Md. -

A number of churches nationwide declared today 'Hoodie Sunday' in honor of Trayvon Martin. 

Reverend Tony Lee of the Community of Hope A.M.E. Church in Temple Hills, Maryland delivered his sermon in a hooded sweatshirt. 

While the six women of the jury in Florida said George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin, many in Lee's congregation are not convinced. 

There is outrage and disappointment among many members of the black community. 

Lee said, "I don't want this kind of stuff to happen to another one of our children." 

He mentioned the election of President Obama and said that each time we have progress it's met with push-back.  He encouraged everyone at the service to keep moving forward. 

"We have to hold the nation accountable but we also have to hold accountable the people who are shaping culture and shaping the atmosphere in which a young man could be dehumanized. 

Some of that comes from outside but some comes from our own community." 

Following the sermon, Lee held a recruiting drive for the church's Social Justice Ministry, which works to combat community violence and improve education and health services.

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