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Trayvon Martin: two years later

Dana Gethers | 2/25/2014, 3:22 a.m.
Trayvon Martin

Two years after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin the world continues to remember him. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, who claimed he felt threatened and fatally shot the teen. Zimmerman was later acquitted.

Martin has since become the prime example for talks against Florida's Stand Your Ground Law and the lack of judicial support for young Black males. The widespread publications about his death may have led to mainstream media's acknowledgement of the wrongful deaths of other young black teens such as Ramarley Graham and Jordan Davis.

Parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin launched, “The Trayvon Martin Foundation,” to raise awareness about the damaging effects of racial and ethnic profiling.

The black community has proven they have not forgotten Martin. The AmNews reported on a rally held in his honor on the one year anniversary of his death.

The night rally, organized by the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice last year, took place in Union Square with attendees shouting, "We are here--because he's not."

Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, continues to make public appearances to honor her son’s memory and to search of justice for other families. She will speak at the University of Connecticut on Feb. 28 at the school's H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center's 45th Anniversary Black and Gold Celebration.

She is expected to discuss her son’s life, her experiences with familial tragedy, in addition to the March 2012 death of Jordan Davis, whose killer Michael Dunn was convicted of attempted murder earlier this month.

With Black History Month coming to an end this week, several events have already taken place throughout the month in Martin's honor. These include several at the National Black Theater; a series of plays from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, a #HoodiesUp art exhibit, a play entitled “Facing Our Truth” and a Youth Day & Speak Out open-mic event, in addition to many others previously reported by the AmNews.

Vice President Joe Biden and wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be hosting the 5th annual reception in honor of Black History Month at the Naval Observatory; there is no word as to whether Trayvon's parents have been invited this year.

The Trayvon Martin foundation recently hosted, “The Day of Remembrance Peace Walk” in honor of the slain teen. Tracy Martin, his father, attended the walk in Miami Gardens to celebrate his son’s life 3 days after what would have been Trayvon's 19th birthday.

“It has been 712 long days since Trayvon was killed,” said Tracy Martin to the Miami Herald on Feb. 8. “If there is any good about it, it’s that you all are keeping his name alive. You all are our strength.”