Trayvon Martin’s mother: ‘Don’t give up’ fighting for justice

NEW YORK (AP) — Trayvon Martin’s mother used the 10th anniversary of her son’s death on Saturday to urge those who have sought justice for his family to keep fighting.

“I never do anything on February 26, I never even plan anything on February 26,” Sybrina Fulton said at the weekly meeting of the National Action Network, the civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem. .

She told an audience that included Sharpton and Mayor Eric Adams that she wanted to be there to support her supporters. Adams, a New York state senator at the time, was among several black lawmakers who wore hoodies during a 2012 legislative session to draw attention to the death of the 17-year-old. years in Sanford, Florida.

Trayvon Martin was wearing a similar sweatshirt when he was shot while returning from a store while visiting his father in a gated community in suburban Orlando. Community Neighborhood Watch member George Zimmerman confronted and shot the teenager after reporting him to authorities as a suspicious person.

Zimmerman, who told authorities Martin attacked him, was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013.

The shooting has refocused attention on race and justice in the United States. Sharpton, who met Martin’s family and their attorney Ben Crump early on as they worked to bring attention to his death, compared Martin’s legacy to that of Chicago teenager Emmett Till on Saturday. whose lynching in Mississippi in 1955 fueled the civil rights movement.

“Today is a bittersweet day,” said Fulton, who along with his family started the Trayvon Martin Foundation to raise awareness about gun violence. “I thank God for all the Trayvon Martins you don’t know, all the young women who were shot and killed and our black and brown boys who were shot and killed and you don’t know their names. Please defend them. Please pray for them. Please support them. They need you. They need your voice. And if you don’t do anything else, don’t give up.

Adams praised Fulton for “turning pain into goal”.

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