It’s hard to believe, but today marks the one-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s passing. The 17-year-old was infamously shot to death during an altercation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who followed and confronted Trayvon as he was returning from a store run to his father’s home in a gated Florida community.
The senseless and unavoidable tragedy sparked a sea of nationwide backlash as the shooter, who claimed self-defense under Florida’s controversial stand your ground law, remained at large. Zimmerman wasn’t formally arrested until over a month later.
In the time since then, Trayvon has been transformed into a symbol. He has become a sad reminder of the unspoken assault on our young Black men. As Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, continue to fight for justice in the murder case which is still pending, we take today as a day of reflection on another one of our fallen sons.
We’d love to hear from you: How has Trayvon Martin’s death impacted your life over the past year?