Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Downtown Columbia was packed with thousands of citizens who wanted to make their mark during the "Justice For Trayvon 100 City Vigil."
"Justice was not served," Victoria Bailey said.
Thousands of people gathered at the State House to let it be known they are not happy with a jury acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
And while the African-American community came out in strong numbers, the rally's beliefs weren't just held by people of one race.
"If we don't stand up at some point and say that this is enough, then how will we ever come above and do what's right," Bailey said. "This isn't black and white, this is right and wrong."
Some argue the verdict was a jab at the black male's position in America.
"Trayvon Martin's murder and the trial of George Zimmerman to a lot of kids was a referendum on their value. So in losing that trial many of them feel like they're lost," Kevin Gray said.
"If he's not able to protect himself are there going to be people around that's going to be able to ensure his safety. Is he going to get that fair justice that anybody else would get," Olmand Hopkins said.
But it was also a reminder for civility. One family put their reunion on hold to participate.
"We were able as a family to stand as a family, protecting a family because it's not about only Trayvon but about his mother, his father, his family," April Ware said. "Because he wasn't just a child, he was somebody's child."
While the centerpiece of the case has been the stand your ground law,some would say we need to focus more on how we treat each other.
"The simplest thing to do is to be love and be kind to one another and just to set a bar higher than where we have been," Bailey said.
Event organizers asked rally participants to donate food and back to school items for the community.