Trayvon Martin, the teen whose death fueled Black Lives Matter, would have been 23 today
Today, Twitter was full of commemorations to Trayvon Martin, many reflecting on a life that was lost too soon.
Trayvon Martin would have been 23 years old today—and, five years after his wrongful death, people have not forgotten about his legacy. The circumstances surrounding Martin’s death helped lead to the birth of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which fueled a nationwide conversation around police brutality and racial injustice in America.
In February 2012, 17-year-old Martin was walking to 7-11 when he was reported to 911 by neighbor, George Zimmerman, as being suspicious. Zimmerman then pursued him on foot as a member of “neighborhood watch” and shot the teen shortly thereafter.
Zimmerman was charged with murder, but then acquitted on grounds of “self-defense.” The acquittal led to nationwide turmoil amongst African-Americans. Protests erupted all over the country and even prompted the Former President Barack Obama to acknowledge Martin’s tragic death by saying, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
Since then Zimmerman has also threatened rap legend, Jay-Z, alleging the rapper’s production crew was following him in order to create the 6-part documentary project about the death of Trayvon Martin. The series called “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” will air on Paramount Network this year.
Today, Twitter was full of commemorations to Trayvon Martin, many reflecting on a life that was lost too soon and reminding fellow users that his death is a call to fight for injustice.