Trayvon Martin’s father to appear Wednesday on Capitol Hill

This photo courtesy of NBC shows Sybrina Fulton (L)and Tracy Martin as they appear during an interview on NBC News' "Today" show on July 18, 2013 in New York. Race was a factor in the death of an unarmed black US teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer who has been acquitted, the victim's father said Thursday ahead of weekend protests over the case. The mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin meanwhile called for calm in the wake of Saturday's acquittal in Florida of George Zimmerman, but said the US legal system had, to some extent, failed her son.The case, which has revived a debate about race in America, is widely regarded as the most racially sensitive issue to come to the fore in the country since Barack Obama, the first black US president, was elected. "Was he racially profiled? I think that, if Trayvon had been white, this wouldn't have happened," the teenager's father TracyMartin said in an interview on NBC's 'Today' show. "So, obviously, race played some type of role." AFP PHOTO / NBC/PETER KRAMER== RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / NBC/PETER KRAMER / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS== Peter Kramer/AFP/Getty Images
This photo courtesy of NBC shows Sybrina Fulton (L)and Tracy Martin as they appear during an interview on NBC News' "Today" show on July 18, 2013 in New York. Race was a factor in the death of an unarmed black US teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer who has been acquitted, the victim's father said Thursday ahead of weekend protests over the case. The mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin meanwhile called for calm in the wake of the acquittal in of George Zimmerman in their son's death.

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin, will appear on Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon to offer remarks to a hearing of a newly formed caucus.

The Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys will hold its first hearing starting at 3 p.m., during which Tracy Martin will offer opening remarks, according to a release from caucus co-chairs Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.).

The title of the hearing is "The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men."

The three witnesses set to testify are:

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University

Kweisi Mfume, former NAACP president, congressman and Congressional Black Caucus chairman

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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