Holder, Trayvon Martin's mom to speak in Philly

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Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak in Philadelphia this week at the National Urban League's annual conference.

Civil rights and voting rights are two major topics of the four-day event, which begins Wednesday. About 6,000 participants are expected.

Holder will talk Thursday about a recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, will speak Friday. She supports an investigation into whether her son's killer could be charged under federal civil rights laws. A jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all criminal counts in Martin's death.

The Urban League is one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations. President Marc Morial says the conference also will focus on economic opportunities.

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