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Feb. 26, 2012. Many people remember where they were when first hearing the name Trayvon Martin.
After learning of the case that ignited Black Lives Matter and mobilized protests like never before, supporters and critics of social justice followed his trial with a sharp eye.
Though the trial verdict was unsatisfactory to Trayvon’s family, it sparked a united fight for justice and equality that remains sustained to this day.
In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America Sybrina Fulton stated, “My chest still hurts. I still have a hole in my heart.”
For many it’s a moment to be remembered forever, however, for Sybrina Fulton, it’s a moment that lives forever.
When speaking of her purpose, Fulton stated, “to bring awareness to senseless gun violence, to try to change laws, helping mothers to cope with the loss of a child.” She added, “I can’t change the world but I can certainly do my part to make a difference in this world.”
According to Fulton, “Trayvon Martin could have been any one of our children… As I look at Trayvon’s pictures sometimes, he represents so much more. He represents so many more young people.”
She tells the painful details of her unique experience in Trayvon: Ten Years Later: A Mother’s Essay, which was published by Amazon Original Stories on Feb. 1.
In the essay, Fulton also details the lethargic American judicial system and how stereotypical perceptions can have deadly outcomes.
“I want the world to know that my son was unarmed and he was 17 years old,” Fulton said. “He wasn’t committing any crime. Trayvon’s only crime was the color of his skin … which is not a crime.”
When asked about why she didn’t name Trayvon’s murderer in the text, Fulton replied, “I don’t think people are going to remember who he is.” She added, “We never remember the person who did these terrible things, we remember the person who was shot and killed.”
Fulton continued, “If I asked one hundred people right now who shot and killed Dr. King, they would not know, but they remember Dr. King.”