Last Tuesday, clergy members of the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of California donned hoodies in front of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to make a statement related to the Trayvon Martin case. The hoodie, one of which the 17-year-old African-American Martin was wearing the night he was shot to death by George Zimmerman, has become a symbol of the tragedy.

Sean McConnell, who does communications work for the diocese, said the photo is intended to “make a statement about generalizations that lead to young men, mostly, being victims of violence.”

Everyone in the photo is either a deacon or a priest.

Bay Area Episcopal clery donning hoodies in front of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco last Tuesday

The photo was organized by the Rev. Melanie Donahoe, Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in San Carlos.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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