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TAMPA, Fla. - Local NAACP officials are back in Tampa tonight after they spent most of Saturday in Sanford for a Trayvon Martin march and rally.

At around 7:00 in the morning, dozens of people gathered and boarded a bus at the Tampa headquarters and headed for Sanford, carrying signs for justice for Trayvon.

"Our whole purpose is to call for justice. We want the correct thing to be done. We want the gentleman, Mr. Zimmerman, to be arrested," said Hillsborough County chapter president Carolyn Collins.

The Bay Area group joined members of the NAACP State Conference and thousands of others in Sanford. The event started with a march from the Crooms Academy to the Sanford Police Department along 13th Street. There, a rally was held with speakers, including Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. It's estimated that more than 5,000 people attended the event.

"It was good that all of us, we can all come together to make this happen. To make justice," said rallygoer, Tony Boderick.

"It was gratifying, just totally full of enthusiasm. It actually was electrifying. It was a catalyst to want to do more," said Collins.

NAACP officials said they will be holding more educational sessions for young people, focusing, for example, on how to carry themselves in certain situations. They will also continue to participate in other rallies when needed.

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