New Beginning!! Trayvon Martin Foundation Gets a New Home

Sybrina Fulton talking to the crowd at freshly opened Foundation Headquarters at F.M.U Image Courtesy: Facebook

Sybrina Fulton talking to the crowd at freshly opened Foundation Headquarters at F.M.U
Image Courtesy: Facebook

Florida Memorial University welcomed Trayvon Martin Foundation into their campus fold. The non-profit org that raises awareness and support for families affected by youth-related crime will get financial support from the historically black college. Recognizing the Foundation’s impact on studying violent crime (Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, talked with several victims families–Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Families, Tupac Shakur’s mother–affected by gun violence in May) they chose to make space in their library for the Foundation’s headquarters.

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, and F.M.U President Roslyn Artis. Image Courtesy: Facebook

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, and F.M.U President Roslyn Artis.
Image Courtesy: Facebook

Last week, the Martin family made it official by having a ribbon cutting ceremony with F.M.U students making an appearance.

“As I look at the young men behind me, they remind me of Trayvon,” says Sybrina Fulton, according to the Miami Herald.

“I am overwhelmed,” Sybrina Fulton said at the ceremony. “I am grateful to God that I’m able to stand before you and let you know that God is in the midst of it all.”

According to Miami Herald, Roslyn Artis, president of F.M.U., says the Foundation’s office will be used as a learning laboratory for students to reflect and remember.
The office will be open to the public and hopefully used combat other tragedies from occurring.

Jamie Foxx Joins Trayvon Martin Family in Remembrance Peace Wal

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Staying consistent with his support for the Trayvon Martin family, actor/musician Jamie Foxx  joined the Martin family in Miami for a peaceful remembrance march. The remembrance walk was a nod to Trayvon’s memory and also a call for peace on these streets for kids. Check the video below as Foxx urged everyone to come out for peace.

And people surely did, from the looks of the turnout it was a family affair.

Motivational speaker Michael Baisden also made an appearance at the walk where he set up camp with Foxx to broadcast their SIRIUS radio shows.

Baisden is below with Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin donning “Gone But Not Forgotten”  tees with a hooded Trayvon pic underneath  at the walk.

Image Credit: Baisden IG

Image Credit: Baisden IG

The Martin Family Remembrance weekend will wrap up tomorrow with a dinner fundraiser for the Trayvon Martin Foundation with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Jamie Foxx and Michael Baisden being honored for their support. It’s nice to hear major celebs still backing this family and turning a deaf ear to Zimmerman’s stale attempts at more fame.

For the record, those searching for a DMX-Zimmerman bout for “charity” will be disappointed to hear its been cancelled.

Happy 19th Birthday Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) Image Credit: Ebony Magazine

Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
Image Credit: Ebony Magazine

Today Trayvon would turn 19. It would’ve been his last year as a teenager, but instead he died one. At the risk of perpetuating a cliché, but an apropos one regardless, he will forever be young to us. It will remain a mystery if or when he would’ve shed the hoodie for a suit and tie. If he survived that horrible ordeal, how altered would he be? What would  his ambitions be? We all know those questions will never get answers nor will the ones for Jordan Davis

But that doesn’t mean we have to forget.  I remember not long ago Trayvon Martin remembrances were flooding my Facebook and Instagram news feeds. Now, you’re lucky if you get a blurb in a local newspaper. We are all guilty of a short memory (*hand raised*) and I don’t fault anyone for that. But, my fear is this will be the “new normal,” stand your ground will be the new lynching. And we’ve come to far, our forebears have sacrificed to much for us to journey backward, away from our rights to exist. To wear whatever we want on a drizzly night and feel secure enough in getting home safely. Play music as loud as we want without worrying about getting shot as a result of its volume. Seeking help and shelter with neighbors without fear of being looked at as a threat.

It’s not asking to much. To want to see your brown-skinned child grow up to be an adult. It may be Trayvon’s birthday, but that’s my wish for my unborn child and us all.

UPDATE: Sybrina Fulton posted this custom image up on her Twitter page.

Trayvon Martin’s Memory Marches On & Obama’s Reaction to Zimmerman Verdict

So, around this time last week I and millions of others had their eyes glued to their TV sets, anxiously waiting for the verdict in the Zimmerman trial to be announced. Once the “not guilty” verdict escaped the judge’s lips it was like a big stone thrown into a pond that reverberated around the world. One week later, people in support of the Martin family marched for Trayvon’s memory and shouted for justice. This afternoon, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized synchronized protests in 100 US cities.

Trayvon’s mom Sybrina Fulton decked out in a ” The Trayvon Martin Foundation” T-shirt, attended the rally in New York City that attracted hundreds of protesters. She stood alongside Al Sharpton and adamantly denounced critics painting her son as a menacing thug.

He was a child. Don’t take my word for it. He had a drink and candy.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s dad, sporting a T-shirt with Trayvon’s face and ‘I love you’ message at the bottom, attended a vigil in Miami and echoed Sybrina’s words.

I’d like the world to know that Trayvon was my son. He was a loved child. He did nothing wrong and we’re not going to let them persecute him the way that they have.

Beyonce and Jay Z stopped by the rally in New York to show their support.

Many celebs are doing more than standing shoulder to shoulder with the Martin family in this tragedy, but have vowed to withhold their entertaining talents in states that have Stand Your Ground Laws. So far on the list are music icon Stevie Wonder and gospel soul singers Mary Mary.  Stay tuned, I have a feeling more names will be added.

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In light of the anger and emotion behind the verdict, Obama addressed the issue at a surprise press briefing Friday, in which he said Trayvon could have been him 30 years ago. Check the full video below for his thoughts on race in this country.

 

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