Thousands of citizens have rallied in recent days to mark the one-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. On Feb. 9, four days after what would have been Trayvon’s 18th birthday, his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, sponsored an “I am Trayvon Day of Remembrance Community Peace Walk” in North Miami-Dade County. Students at Florida State University in Tallahassee have rallied for a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law. And on Feb. 26, a “Million Hoodie” candlelight vigil was held in New York’s Union Square that was attended by hundreds, including actor Jamie Foxx.
While attention now turns to the upcoming trial, as the father of a 10-year-old son, I cannot help but recall what Sybrina and Tracy said about their son a year ago: “Trayvon was our hero. At age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17, he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.”
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have formed the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation to honor their son and to “advocate for all victims of injustice and senseless crimes throughout the world.” Like millions of Americans, we continue to stand with them. We will not rest until justice is done.
(Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.)