Trayvon Martin’s Death Started A Movement That is Still Going Strong 5 Years Later

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Trayvon Benjamin Martin was an African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, who, at 17 years old, was fatally

shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida.

The African-American teenager’s death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer spurred a

movement and gave rise to a rallying cry that resonates with many today: “#BlackLivesMatter.”

Activist movements created in response to the shooting have exposed racial issues and tensions that had been ignored for decades by the mainstream.

Trayvon Benjamin Martin would have been 22 this month.

Trayvon’s Mother Sybrina Fulton says:

“All I wanted was to be a mother, to work at my job and raise my kids and live a normal life,”

Ms. Fulton writes in the book “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” which was

released for the fifth anniversary of Trayvon’s death. “Then my son was killed and my world went

with him, and God led me to another place, another world and another life. I became a mother on

a mission…. So that the killing of Trayvon Martin would stand for something, so that the killing will someday stop and the healing will begin.”

Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay and Gabrielle Union all sported

grey “Trayvon” sweatshirts with their hoods up, in support of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Other Celebrities took to socila media to show their support as well .

Gone,but never forgotten…

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