Trayvon Martin was born on February 5, 1995. He would have been 22 years old today.
It is because Trayvon was killed that I came to the internet in 2012. The man who killed him claimed defense under Florida’s controversial stand your ground law. Seeing racially bigoted comments, and attacks upon his family and friends, opened my eyes that America is not post-racial. Others saw this too. The Black Lives Matter Movement was birthed.
Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have published a book titled “The Enduring life of Trayvon Martin: Rest in Power“. The 368 page hardcover book sells for $26.00. The book is available for Kindle for $12.99 and on audio CD for $35.00. It became available in bookstores on January 31, 2017.
Yes, dear brother Trayvon, you are resting in power. May your parents, and all parents who advocate against gun violence and for truth and equal justice, be strengthened and empowered to keep the light burning.
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,
I had an out-of-town guess this weekend so am behind in blogging. Today, I came online to write a post about Michael Jackson. It seemed like yesterday when the news reported his death. Then, I read the news about Gene Wilder. He passed today at the age of 83. When I read the book It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner, it gave me a view about Gene Wilder that I had not known. Gilda loved him dearly. I remember the chemistry he had acting along with Richard Pryor and Cleavon Little. It’s rather strange that on August 29, 2016 as we think about Michael’s birthday, that Gene Wilder would cross over to the other realm.
One of my favorite videos/songs by Michael Jackson is They Don’t Care About Us. It was released in 1996, and today in 2016, I think the song was really saying that Black lives matter. Michael did two videos for that song. Here they are.
Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was a 17-year-old Black teen from Miami Gardens, Florida. His life became famous in his death that brought many issues to public interest, including neighborhood watch, stand your ground law, racial profiling, and police investigations. Trayvon’s death brought attention to the justice system and cultural diversity.
Trayvon was born in Miami, Florida. At the time he was killed, he was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School. Trayvon is the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin who divorced in 1999. On February 26, 2012, Trayvon was visiting his father who was at his fiancee’s townhouse at the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. That evening, Trayvon walked to a convenience store and purchased candy and juice. On his walk back, George Zimmerman saw him and called the Sanford Police reporting a suspicious person. According to an ear witness who was on the phone with Trayvon, after noticing that he was being closely and consistently followed by a man in a truck, Trayvon ran. The man in the truck was George Zimmerman who left his vehicle and followed Trayvon. Subsequently, Zimmerman shot Trayvon in the heart, killing him.
Thanks so much Horty for your fantastic work!
~~January 18, 2014~~
More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
Born Michael King, his father changed his name in honor of German reformer Martin Luther. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an…
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I write today with the knowledge that Trayvon Martin’s birthday is coming up on February 5. He would have turned 18. He was killed on February 26, 2012 just shortly after turning 17. Sabrina Fulton said “He’s my son, but he’s your son too”. Her words echo in my head everyday. We have marched, petitioned, and blogged for Trayvon Martin. He undoubtedly became our son too. We, as the general public, have seen much violence being used against our children of any color. We want our children to LIVE longer than us and not be killed walking home with some snacks, or while sitting in a classroom.
We can only imagine what pain and sorrow the family has to endure to not have their child for Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and now his Birthday; a date that to some is just a date.
We, as the extended family of Trayvon Martin, will not forget that date: February 5. We, as the extended family of Trayvon, will not let justice slip away either.
Trayvon Martin in his own way continues to live through us and with us. The idea of his name living on is not understandable to the defense lawyers, George Zimmerman supporters and the like. They will never understand that Trayvon represents a “Stop what the hell is going on in America moment in history”. It is so sad that in these United States we are going back in time, instead of going forward.
It is without a doubt that more and more young black men are targeted by Police, Laws, Schools and people who think people of color have no rights whatsoever.
This is why we shall not forget Trayvon Martin’s birthday nor the date of his death.