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"Trayvon Martin had the civil right to go home.  He was not committing a crime," said national civil rights leader  Rev. Al Sharpton as he was preaching before a packed house on Wednesday at the National Action Networks Civil Rights Revival and Mini Conference. 

Sharpton also took time to acknowledge the maternal uncle and aunt of Trayvon Martin, who were sitting in the audience.

"Stand up Stephanie.  We're glad you're here.  That's Sybrina's sister," he gestured.

The talk centered around George Zimmerman's acquittal and Trayvon Martin's death. 

Moments before this sermon, we had an opportunity to ask Rev. Sharpton why he is aiming to change stand your ground laws when Zimmerman's defense was self-defense.

"Trayvon's name will not go down in history as a victim.  It will go down as a victor of changing laws," said Sharpton.  "The basis that police released Zimmerman the night of Trayvon's killing was stand your ground.  The basis of the judge's instructions to the jury was stand your ground.  The way the self-defense laws are in Florida, they are in many ways tempered with stand your ground."

Sharpton wants the law repealed.  He said the best way to do that is to vote out of office those politicians who continue to back the stand your ground law.  He said he feels the best way to do that in 2014 is to get more minorities registered to vote and out to the polls. 

"We're going to line up in 2014 and change the ground in the state of Florida," said Sharpton. 

He said this is a movement that he intends to take nationwide. 

"In thirty days, we'll be having a massive march on Washington, and on the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington of ‘63, when Dr. King gave his famous ‘I have a dream speech,' that I will be co-chairing with MLK III, stand your ground as well as civil rights will be the theme of the national march," said Rev. Sharpton.

Ben Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents, tells FOX 35 that Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin plan on marching alongside Sharpton during next month's event. 

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