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Thirty miles from Sanford and two days after the verdict, the decision in the George Zimmerman trial has greatly colored the tone at the NAACP convention in Orlando.

"I think it's made us more determined to actually try to do what we can as far as injustice in that case," said Patricia Carroll, a NAACP member visiting from Virginia.

Dozens of young people organized a town hall meeting Monday night. Trayvon Martin's parents were scheduled to speak at the event but declined Sunday. NAAACP President Ben Jealous briefly addressed the young people.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will address attendees in Orlando. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also is scheduled to speak on access to health insurance.

Holder spoke to members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., on Sunday in Washington, D.C. He told the women that the Justice Department is looking into whether George Zimmerman violated federal civil-rights laws.

"I want to assure you that the Department will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law," Holder said.

It's a speech many at the convention said they can't wait to hear.

The NAACP started a petition Saturday night. Organizers posted on their website and Moveon.org., along with providing access on mobile devices.

"We're closing in on 1 million signers since the verdict came down on Saturday night," said Eric Wingerter, Vice President for Communications and Digital Media. "The NAACP has never seen a response like this. I think this shows how this has affected communities around the country."

The Attorney General is expected to address the convention at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Orange County Convention Center. The session is open to the public.

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