Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network:
We are deeply disappointed by the verdict in the case of Michael Dunn. Though he was convicted for attempted murder and shooting into the car, the value of Jordan Davis' life was not addressed in this verdict. The mistrial further sends a chilling effect to parents in the twenty-three states that have the Stand Your Ground law or laws similar. It requires the Civil Rights community to head into Florida, which is now ground zero for a National fight to change that law. From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis enough is enough. Our National board member Bishop Rudy Mckissick has been in the court room during the trial, including tonight, representing us and supporting the family, sharing with them our prayers as we join them in pursuing justice and ending the Stand Your Ground law.
Rev. Al Sharpton's NAN awards program will honor local leaders and corporations that have worked in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote Black culture and achievement. Former NBA player Magic Johnson is a co-chair on the event along with Rev. Al Sharpton. The honorees include: Danny Bakewell Sr., Publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel; Honorable Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, CA; Jon Platt, President North America, Warner/Chappell Music; Reverend Xavier L. Thompson, Pastor, Southern Missionary Baptist Church; and Univision Communications, Inc.