Trayvon Martin’s parents – Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – led a march and rally in Miami earlier this month. They are shown here above the image of Trayvon Martin in a hoodie. Photo: Joe Byrnes, WMFE News
Saturday will mark 10 years since Trayvon Martin, a black teenager from Miami, was shot and killed while walking home to his father from a 7-Eleven in Sanford.
His killing by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman – who ultimately went unconvicted – led to protests across the country.
Many say his case started the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Feb. 5, Trayvon Martin’s parents — Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton — held a rally in Miami. Fulton spoke forcefully from the stage and Tracy Martin spoke about their son on what would have been his 27th birthday.
He “galvanized” the country
Trayvon Martin’s death will always be heartbreaking, his father said. “His departure from life leaves a void that, you know, is hard to fill. I don’t think that void would ever be filled.
“His story is written, Trayvon is in the history books. … Just knowing that he galvanized the country and is etched in the fabric of America means a lot. I think, you know, he raised awareness. Certainly, it has opened many people’s eyes to injustices happening in pockets that we are not really aware of.
Rest in power
Fulton said Trayvon Martin rests in power as a symbol of victims of racial injustice.
“My son,” she said, “is the voice and sometimes the face of so many other Trayvon Martins that you don’t know.”
And in response, Fulton is trying to do his part, she said. “If you really want to support Trayvon Martin and all of our young people, knowing that our children’s lives matter. Then do your part. Do your part. That’s all I ask.
A proud father
Tracy Martin remembered her son as fun-loving and outgoing.
“He really loved his family,” Martin said. “He loved riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, skateboards. going skating. He loved it all.
“And just seeing it, you know, just planting the seed and watching that seed grow, watching it grow, you know, from a 4 or 5, 6 year old kid to a 10, 11 year old kid to a young man of 17 – teenager – just watching him grow made me a proud father…. He was a wonderful kid whose life was taken from us.
Martin sees a certain “pull” in the fight for racial justice.
“But we still have a long way to go,” he said. “And it’s going to take, it’s going to take more than one community to make changes. It’s going to take a diverse community. We will all have to work together. »