MADISON, Wis. -

Madison residents gathered Tuesday night to discuss issues raised by the verdict in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case.

Community leaders, experts, and the Dane County district attorney spoke and answered questions in front of a crowded room at the Urban League of Greater Madison Center.

The discussion comes after Zimmerman was found not guilty this month in the death of Florida teenager Martin last year.

The forum touched on everything from education, Wisconsin law, and race relations in Madison.

Speakers said the conversation may be uncomfortable but they encouraged residents to speak out to make changes in their community.

“You can clearly see the connection to race but that doesn’t have to be the defining about why we get involved. It’s about bringing opportunity and making change happen to save people’s lives,” said Kaleem Caire, president and CEO of the Urban League.

The Urban League of the Greater Madison Area is a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering African-American residents in Dane County.