The world knows her as Trayvon Martin's mother. And she embraces that. But Sybrina Fulton is more than her greatest moment of pain. Now, after 7 years of fearless advocacy for victims of gun violence and racial injustice, she's running for office in Miami! Let's help make that happen!
On February 26, 2012, the world mourned the loss of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
For many, he was the embodiment of the racism that continues to pervade America, a devastating reminder that the Civil Rights Movement was not over. A new chapter was only starting to emerge under a new name, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Trayvon became the face of it.
Protest like we hadn’t seen in decades erupted across the country.
Celebrities who up until that point remained largely quiet about events deemed “too political” broke their silence.
Hoodies, like the one Trayvon wore that was used to demonize him, became a global symbol.
As the world collectively mourned on February 26, 2012, Sybrina Fulton mourned her son.
As Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina’s life was forever altered not only by the tragic loss of her child, but also by the intense public scrutiny a televised trial brings. She could spend the rest of her days in seclusion and not a single person would expect anything more. She could have allowed grief to be the determining factor of her days, but in her own words, "I told myself I was strong, and so I became.”
Now, Sybrina is running for office, working to give a voice to victims and families that have been impacted by gun violence. She is fighting every single day.
Listen as Shaun and Sybrina discuss everything from her journey to the decision to run, to her policy platforms on today's episode of The Breakdown.