FIVE YEARS ON: Trayvon Martin
THE PARENTS of Trayvon Martin of have told The Voice of their determination to build on their son’s legacy and continue the fight for justice for other families who have lost relatives to gun violence despite the election of Donald Trump as US President.
After an unarmed Trayvon, 17, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, in February 2012, after returning from a convenience store in Florida, his name was spoken about by then-US president Barack Obama, honoured by celebrities and discussed all over traditional and social media.
Trayvon’s death was instrumental in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began an international conversation about police shooting of unarmed black people and forced politicians in the US to examine the issue.
However, following Trump’s election as president, there are fears that this progress may come to an abrupt end.
The billionaire has said that the “dangerous anti-police atmosphere” in America is wrong and that “the Trump administration will end it”.
But in an exclusive interview with The Voice, both parents vowed that they will continue their fight to help other families affected by the issue.
LEGACY LIVES ON: Trayvon Martin's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton said: “It doesn’t matter to us who’s in the White House, we don’t give up because a certain person is there. We have to try and do our best in order to save our children because nobody is going to do it for us.”
After spending five years at the centre of one of the world’s biggest news stories, Trayvon’s parents have released a book called Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, chronicling their journey as a family since the teenager’s death in February 2012.
The couple said the book is also part of their efforts to build on their son’s legacy, one which has shined a spotlight on police gun violence and led to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin and Sybrina have gone on to launch the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a social justice organization committed to ending senseless gun violence, strengthening families through holistic support.
This Saturday sees the fifth annual Remembrance Peace Walk and Talk in memory of Trayvon, followed by a fundraising dinner organised by the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Sybrina appeared with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during last year’s US presidential election campaign and she has also established the Circle of Mothers as a way to empower women who have experienced the loss of a child.
According to recent US media reports, the couple are considering running for political office.
For part two of this interview, check back tomorrow at 10am GMT.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin is published by Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd, £12.99