Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when he was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 in a gated community he and his father were visiting in Sanford, Fla. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator who said the walking young man scared him and they had had physical contact. Zimmerman was found not guilty a year later. The shooting of the young man helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement—and there will be a virtual panel discussion about it all at 7 p.m. on February 22.
The event is being hosted by USA TODAY Network Florida and will discuss a host of topics, including fear of black males, parenting black children and race relations. The point: impact of his murder.
The panelists are a “diverse group of black voices from around the state that will discuss these issues,” said Rick Christie, the executive editor of the Palm Beach Post who will be the moderator.
None of those voices, however, will be Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, “who haven’t been talkative,” according to Mr. Christie, nor probably will one be Prophet Bryce Graham, a local, young, activist pastor who was awarded in 2018 by the Miami Gardens-based Trayvon Martin Foundation for his service to the community. Is he going to participate in the discussion?
“I’ll consider it,” said Prophet Bryce, who is also the second vice president of the central Florida chapter of the National Action Network, founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton. “The topics they’re going to discuss are critically important. Especially now.”
Indeed, click here to read a local news story about the upcoming discussion, including a full list of the panelists and, here, to attend the discussion. And, to learn more about the Trayvon Martin Foundation click here to visit its website and about Mr. Christie, here. Want to know more about sir Prophet and what he does, day in and day out? Here.