This year's anniversary of Arbery's death comes one day after his three convicted killers, who are white, were found guilty of targeting Arbery because of his race in a federal hate crimes trial.
A jury in Brunswick, Ga., found defendants Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan guilty of hate crimes in the 2020 shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.
Prosecutors relied heavily on racist evidence from cell phones and testimony from acquaintances, but the defense called only one witness.
Offensive memes, racist songs and slurs against Black people from the cellphones and social media accounts of the three men on trial portray a history of bigotry.
The defense attorneys insisted the three men's pursuit of the 25-year-old was prompted by "honest, though erroneous, suspicion that he committed crimes" and not because of his race.
Travis McMichael on Friday reversed his plan to plead guilty in the federal case days after a judge rejected terms of a plea deal that was met with passionate objections by Ahmaud Arbery's parents.
McMichael and his son Travis had agreed to plead guilty in return for serving time in a federal prison instead of a state one in a deal rejected by a judge after Arbery's parents objected to it.
A federal hate crime trial for father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael is scheduled to begin in February.
Travis McMichael, who pulled the trigger, and his father, Greg, have no chance for parole. A federal hate crimes trial remains in a case widely seen as racially motivated.
Georgia prosecutors have focused on testimony from law enforcement and neighbors in the trial of Greg and Travis McMichael and Roddie Bryan, accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery.