Holder, Trayvon Martin’s mom to speak at conference of civil rights group

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be speaking at the annual conference of the National Urban League, which is getting under way today in Philadelphia.

The four-day event will focus on civil rights, voting rights and job creation.

It comes less than a month after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, and not long after the man who shot Martin was acquitted in the racially-charged case.

Attorney General Eric Holder will also address the conference. He’ll be talking tomorrow about the court ruling that threw out a provision requiring all or parts of 15 states with histories of voting discrimination to get federal approval before changing the way they hold elections.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, will speak Friday. She supports Holder’s decision to investigate whether her son’s killer, George Zimmerman, could be charged under federal civil rights laws.

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066-a-15-(Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League, in AP interview)-”that they face”-National Urban League President Marc Morial says the conference will discuss some serious questions raised by the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing. (24 Jul 2013)

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029-a-36-(David Melendy, AP correspondent, with Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League)–One of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations expects up to 7,000 people from across the country at its four-day conference beginning today in Philadelphia. AP correspondent David Melendy reports they’ll tackle a variety of key issues. (24 Jul 2013)

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065-a-14-(Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League, in AP interview)-”Voting Rights Act”-National Urban League President Marc Morial says voting rights will be among the top items on the agenda at the conference. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (24 Jul 2013)

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064-a-15-(Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League, in AP interview)-”and justice issues”-National Urban League President Marc Morial says the conference will be a national town hall on a potpouri of serious social concerns. (24 Jul 2013)

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