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Hundreds gathered to protest the George Zimmerman's acquittal on Howard University's Campus Sunday.

It was organized by the campus NAACP Chapter. They are hoping participants will sign the National Chapter's online petition to encourage the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17 year Trayvon Martin in February of 2012.

The rally opened old wounds for Nardyne Jefferies, whose daughter Brishell Jones , was killed in a drive by shooting on South Capitol Street. She had a simple reason for being there.

"I just want the country to continue to do what it's doing. Stay positive, stay productive, so the message doesn't get lost," Jefferies says.

Cal Colgan from Seminole County Florida was at the vigil. He says racism is in your face there. He wanted the crowd to know that there is support for the effort, even in some unlikely places.

"My grandparents were civil rights advocates. They taught me that it's not fair that some people have it better than others just because of their skin color. That's why I came to this rally. Some of us get it," Colgan says.

Attorney General Eric Holder has so far not responded publicly to the request for civil rights charges. Federal officials have, however, confirmed that they are evaluating the possibility.

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