VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After the death of Trayvon Martin caught the attention of the entire country, his mother, Sybrina Fulton, became an advocate for social justice.
Fulton brought her message to Vincennes University Tuesday as the keynote speaker kicking-off the campus’ Black History Month celebrations.
In February of 2012, Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida. Zimmerman was later tried and acquitted of murder, while Martin’s family was left to tell his story.
“The reason why I continue to speak is because my son is not here to speak for himself,” said Fulton.
While remembering the tragedy that took her son’s life, Fulton said she has also become focused on where the country is now.
“Definitely I do see movement when it comes to people being shot and killed, and nobody being accountable for it, I do definitely see improvements in that area,” Fulton said.
Fulton also believes there is still much progress to be made.
“There are a lot more people being shot and killed so we still need to do something about the guns and the violence,” she said.
While changes involving guns may be a challenge for lawmakers, Fulton said everyone can make a change in the country by becoming more compassionate and caring.
“People feel like they can get on social media and say whatever they want to say; they don’t care about feelings; they don’t care about people’s families, and we have to really get back to the basics of respecting one another,” Fulton said.
In addition to advocating for social justice, Fulton is also looking to begin a career in government, running for a county commissioner seat in Miami-Dade County.
Fulton published “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” in 2017.