GMU To Offer Class That Examines Trayvon Martin Case

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Anyone who keeps up with current events has likely heard the name “Trayvon Martin” more times than they can count in the past few weeks. Some George Mason University students will be hearing it even more this fall.

The Fairfax County school’s Sociology and Anthropology department is offering a class called “Plessy to Martin: Race and Politics” that will focus on “issues, individuals, and groups central to the intersectionality of race, culture, and politics in American life.”

Other events and topics mentioned in the course catalog’s class description include the Plessy v. Ferguson case, Martin Luther King, O.J. Simpson and Rodney King.

See the full class description here.

On July 13, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot the unarmed teen on Feb. 26, 2012, as he walked through the Florida community where the 29-year-old was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense.

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