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.
Book: Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, Written By His Parents Is Now Available for Preorder
Amazon introduces Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin:
“Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.”
“Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released. Trayvon’s father—a truck driver named Tracy—tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. Trayvon’s mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was paralyzed by the news of her son’s death and lost in mourning, unable to leave her room for days. But in a matter of weeks, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media. And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who—driven by their intense love for their lost son—discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country.”
“Five years after his tragic death, Travyon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? “
“Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.”
Jonathan Good, also known as John Good, has written a book about his experience as a witness to what he saw on February 26, 2012. On that evening, then 28 year old George Zimmerman profiled a 17-year old as a burglar, and followed that teen in his truck until the teen ran. Zimmerman then got out of his truck in a millisecond, flashlight in hand and gun purportedly on his hip, and ran in the direction of the back gate where he believed the 17 year old was heading.
Different witnesses saw different things but what they saw has to be tested against the words of George Zimmerman. On his call to non-emergency dispatch, (NEN), Zimmerman said he didn’t want to give his own address because he didn’t know where the kid was. Zimmerman did not want to meet the cop at the mail shed, a classic landmark in a community of cookie-cutter buildings. Zimmerman wanted the cop to call him, and he would tell the cop where he was. Trayvon Benjamin Martin ended up dead, by a 28 year-old man who admitted to pinning Trayvon’s arm and taking careful aim at his heart before pulling the trigger. Read the rest of this entry
On May 6, 2013, Charles Ramsey helped three women and a child escape a Cleveland house. Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry were kidnapped and held captive in that house, with Berry having been held captive for 10 years, giving birth to a child fathered by her kidnapper.
“What you saw on TV doesn’t even begin to tell the story,” Ramsey said. Now, Ramsey gets a chance to put the entire story in writing. Read the rest of this entry
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin, intend to write a book about their son, his death, his killer’s trial and more. Sybrina and Tracy met with publishers, accompanied by Jan Miller, their Dallas-based literary agent. Two publishing executives participated in the meeting and described it as somber and moving.
One publishing executive said Mr. Martin and Ms. Fulton spoke eloquently on social issues of race and religion, suggesting that faith could be a central element of the book. Both have openly stated about their faith. After a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, Sybrina tweeted:
“Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!” Read the rest of this entry
Hat tip to BigBoi.
Jonathan Manalo, the man who took the pictures of the back of George Zimmerman’s head, Trayvon’s body, and Zimmerman’s tactical flashlight, interviewed with Joy-Ann Reid, The Grio.com’s managing editor at MSNBC studios in New York.
Manalo has written a book. The 13 page book Titled, “With a Flashlight and a Cell Phone…MY TRUTH,” is available on Kindle through Amazon for $9.99. Read the rest of this entry