Trayvon Martin’s Parents Pen 5 Year Anniversary Book
Five years after his death at the hands of George Zimmerman, Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, have co-written a book entitled “Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.”
The book, published by Spiegel & Grau, chronicles the journey of the parents’ grief, and how they dealt with and are still dealing with it.
“The calendar says five years, but it seems like just a few months,” Sybrina Fulton said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I know that we’re still healing.”
Tracey Martin added that writing the book did not bring healing or ease their grief, but it was, however, therapeutic to write it knowing that doing so might help others in similar situations.
“It was hard because we relived this every time we had to go back and write something about it. … It stayed fresh,” he said.
They noted that, while the police brutality-related deaths of other young black men such as Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and Walter Scott have intensified their grief, comforting other grieving families has contributed to their own healing.
Tracy Martin mentioned the significance of then-president Barack Obama identifying with his son. He stated, “It meant a great deal for the most influential and most admired president that this country has ever seen mention our son,” he said. “This new administration … you would hope they would have compassion for families who are losing children to gun violence.”
Watch Sybrina Bryan and Tracy Martin’s discussion on forgiveness at The Breakfast Club below.
By: Danielle Dixon
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