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UNARMED teenager Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.

The shooting sparked the Black Lives Matter movement amid a public outcry over the gunman’s controversial acquittal – we take a look at what’s happened since that tragic day.

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Trayvon Martin was just 17-years-old when he was shot dead by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

The unarmed teen was walking home from a 7-Eleven after purchasing Skittles and an iced tea when he was targeted by Zimmerman.

Martin, who was was born in Miami, was a junior at Dr Michael M. Krop High School in Miami-Dade.

Before his death he had brushed aside his dream of becoming an American football player and had chosen to pursue a carer working with aeroplanes.

The Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to protect black people against civil and human rights abuses, is rooted in the injustices around Martin’s death.

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George Zimmerman, who was born in Manassas, Virginia, was acquitted of second-degree murder after he shot dead Martin.

He has remained the subject of media attention ever since amid the ongoing controversy around the killing.

He had moved to Florida after graduating and worked for an insurance agency.

Zimmerman was volunteering as a neighbourhood watch volunteer when he killed Martin.

On May 11, 2015, Zimmerman tried to auction off the gun he had used in the shooting.

He called the the weapon an “American firearm icon” and said the money from the sale would got to combating violence against police by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The gun was removed from the auction site gunbroker.com the next day.

Martin, who was African American, was in a convenience store buying sweets and a canned drink on February 26, 2012.

After he had left the store he walked through a neighbourhood in Florida that was notorious for robberies.

Zimmerman spotted him and called the police to report him for suspicious behaviour.

Moments later the pairhad a physical altercation and Martin was shot in the chest – the gun used belonged to Zimmerman as Martin was unarmed.

Zimmerman, who was injured in the scrap, was not charged at the time of the shooting by Sanford Police.

They said there was no evidence to refute his claim of self-defence.

National media then covered the killing and Zimmerman was subsequently charged and tried over Martin’s death.

Zimmerman went on trial charged with second-degree murder over the shooting of 17-year-old Martin.

The State claimed Zimmerman profiled Martin before confronting him and shooting him in the chest.

The State’s case was that Martin was not committing a crime at the time – he was walking home after purchasing items at a local mart.

Zimmerman claimed in his trial that he shot Martin in self defence.

After sixteen hours of deliberation over the course of two days, Zimmerman was found not guilty on all counts by a six-person jury.

In 2017, the parents of teenager Trayvon Martin released a book entitled “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin”.

It was written almost exactly five years since Martin was fatally shot.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says the book is intended as a means to heal, to share with the world the Trayvon Martin his parents knew and loved, and to describe the impact Martin’s death and surrounding events had on their lives.

In the book, Fulton discusseshow her son ended up becoming a “martyr” and “symbol of racial injustice” after his killer was acquitted.

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Zimmerman has allegedly threatened Beyonc and husband Jay-Z over a docuseries produced by the rapper.

Jay-Z was co-executive producer on ‘Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’, a six-part series looking at the life and death of the teenager shot and killed by Zimmerman in 2012.

In a series of text messages obtained The Blast, Zimmerman called Beyonc a broke w**** and promised she and Jay would find themselves inside a 13 foot gator” if he ever saw them.

The indirect threats on the stars’ lives are set to appear in the upcoming finale of the six-part documentary series, due air on Monday, September 10 2018.

The messages were allegedly sent when Zimmerman was contacted by private investigator Dennis Warren who was tracking down participants for the series.

Warren found himself on the receiving end of hundreds of harassing messages and voicemails from Zimmerman, who was subsequently charged with stalking and harassing Warren.

Zimmerman also allegedly targeted hateful messages atMichael Gasparro, who executive produced the series alongside Jay-Z, as well as members of the production crew.

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Helmed by executive producer Shawn Carter, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story examines the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin. The six-part, unscripted documentary series looks at one of the most talked-about and controversial events of the last decade, including the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement that grew after Trayvon’s death.

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More than two years before Ferguson, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was a call to action for many people. The unarmed 17-year-old was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman, who claimed he was attacked and fired in self-defense.

Now, Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have teamed up with Jay-Z on the new six-part series “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” It chronicles Trayvon’s death and the protest movement that emerged afterward.

Earlier this year, Tracy and Sybrina were honored in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine for their activism. “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King met Sybrina there.

Sybrina Fulton spoke to Gayle King in New York.

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GAYLE KING: You and Tracy received an award in this church. And I’ve heard you say if it was up to you, none of us would know your name. None of us would know Trayvon’s name. So how have you reconciled that now everybody knows you, everybody knows your story?

SYBRINA FULTON: I chose to live, number one. I chose to move to my next chapter because if my son had died and I had died also, and I was just walking around the Earth not doing anything, then I would be dead too… I was reluctant to, you know, even speak. Even to be the voice of my son, you know, which seems like that’s the natural thing to do, is to speak for Trayvon, who’s not here, but I didn’t want to. I just felt so weak and hopeless and helpless God really had to work on me to strengthen me to get me to speak up for other people. To speak up for my son. To speak up for myself.

Sybrina Fulton can still recall the moment six years ago when she learned that her son was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claimed self defense.

FULTON: My son was innocent. My son was the victim. My son didn’t shoot and kill anyone. He didn’t even own a gun. People look at the situation… they get angry with it, but we have to get angry to the point that we’re doing something about it and that’s what I did.

KING: The death of your son, Trayvon Martin, certainly launched a movement. What was it like for you the first time you went anywhere and you saw crowds, thousands of people saying, “I am Trayvon Martin,” or screaming his name? How did you process that?

An undated photo of Trayvon Martin.

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FULTON: Well It was here in New York.

KING:You looked so strong during that time… And I often marveled, “Does she feel as strong as she looks?”

FULTON: I did not. They didn’t see me when I was very emotional. They didn’t see me when I was depressed And so where so many people were telling me how strong I was, I didn’t feel it on the inside. And so I started speaking to myself. I started speaking to God. I started saying to myself, “I am strong.” “I am strong” and then I started to feel like I really was strong.

KING: How do you grieve and recover from the death of a child?

FULTON: I think I had a great deal of support Early on, I started, like, reaching out to other mothers that had kids that were victims of senseless gun violence, and it kind of took the edge off of what I was going through… I had so many people that were positively, like, lifting me up… Even now, through my difficult days, when I have my bad days and you know?

KING: You still have bad days?

FULTON: Absolutely. I’m gonna have bad days the rest of my life. But it feels like something —

KING: What, what does a bad day —

FULTON: It feels like —

KING:You, you’re triggered by a memory or, what is it?

FULTON: It doesn’t really have to be a memory. It doesn’t have to be something that I saw. I could wake up that morning and, and just have a bad feeling because it, it feels like I’m missing something. It feels like something is, is not right with my life. It feels like something is not in order with my life And so I’m not afraid to cry. I’m not afraid to tell people that I cry. That’s just on my rainy day but I know that a better day is coming.

KING: How do you feel about George Zimmerman?

FULTON: I don’t give him a whole lot of time. A whole lot of focus.

KING: Have you forgiven him?

FULTON: I have not. I have not. I know that in my own time, in my own grief and this whole grieving process that I have to forgive. But by the same token, I’m not at that point yet. I’m very honest with that. A lot of people ask me that question, and I’m very open and honest about it. I’m very real with my feelings, and I know I have not forgiven.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother.

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She never could have imagined that her son’s death would have this kind of impact as the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, even Trayvon’s hoodie would become a symbol.

FULTON: I call it Pandora’s box, and it is the box of evidence that was given to me by the Department of Justice. Probably three years after Trayvon was shot and killed. And when I first got the box I said I wasn’t gonna open the box. And of course curiosity bothered me for a while, because the box was in the house. And I, I opened the box and I cried and cried and cried.

KING: What was in the box?

FULTON: In the box is everything that Trayvon had on. His hoodie. His pants. His t-shirt. His socks. His shoes. His cell phone. His money. The drink. The candy. Everything is in the box.

Sybrina says she received a request some years ago to display those items to the public in a museum. At first, she wasn’t ready.

FULTON:I didn’t want anybody to see the things. I didn’t want anybody to touch them. I just was like, “No.” And so this year we’re meeting now, there’s a possibility, a strong possibility, that they may end up in the museum, because I feel like I have grown since that time, even though I gave birth to Trayvon, I just think that he is everybody’s son, and I need to share those things with everybody.

Watch “Rest in Power” Mondays at 10/9c on theParamount Network and BET.

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A Florida jury on July 13, 2013, acquitted neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, a hoodie-wearing unarmed black teenager, during an angry confrontation in a gated community on a rainy night. Just over five years later, the resonance from that tragedy has become deeper and more painful.

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A new documentary series explores the long-lasting consequences of the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed and walking home in his Florida neighborhood when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was later acquitted of murder, and the case drew attention to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which permits the use of deadly force.

Appearing on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, explained why the series, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” has such relevance six years after his son’s death. “There are a lot of social injustices occurring in our communities, and the problem needs to be rectified,” he said.

“I think the central thesis of our documentary is that Trayvon Martin’s story ignited change in America, but also led to a backlash that we’re currently experiencing in our politics,” said series co-director Jenner Furst. “And we wanted to use the case to explore that backlash and understand how it’s affecting our daily life now.

“I think you look at all the headlines, and so much has changed, but so much is the same. Look at what just happened to Ving Rhames [who recounted being held at gunpoint by police at his own home after a neighbor called to report a black man on the property], look at Markeis McGlockton [a black man shot and killed by a white man in an disagreement over a parking space]. That’s a Stand Your Ground case. This is still a major issue in America. I think we have to face it and have conversations about it.”

Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, and filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason.

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Earlier this year, Zimmerman was charged with stalking a private investigator and producer working on the series, of which Jay-Z is an executive producer.

Furst remarked he could say little about an ongoing investigation. “What I can say is that, it is alarming how unhinged this person is, and the fact that he is permitted to carry several firearms, rifles, shotguns, assault rifles and walk around with a bulletproof vest, after it’s been proven that he killed an unarmed 17-year-old young man and also has abused several women who went to the police reporting those crimes. So, what we found is extremely alarming, and I think it’s not surprising that he turned on [investigator] Dennis Warren and our producer, Mike Gasparro, and started stalking them.”

CBS News reached out to George Zimmerman for comment but has not received an answer.

Co-director Julia Willoughby Nason said the series draws a direct line between the killing of Trayvon Martin and the rise of white nationalism in America.

“Trayvon Martin’s death gave birth to Black Lives Matter; the verdict was when the hashtag was created,” she said. “So, we chronicled the birth of Black Lives Matter all the way to the ‘whitelash,’ the opposite-side reaction to that. We go from Trayvon to Trump, and we see the connective tissue to the last six years and how the political landscape has been thrown into mass chaos today.”

Asked about a recent Washington Post report which found that 70 percent of murder victims whose killers were never arrested were black, Tracy Martin said it shows how the scales of justice are imbalanced.

“We actually are in place where we made a little progress with our previous administration, and so I think it’s going to take the power of the people getting out voting to shift the dynamics of how African-American men and women are viewed in this country,” he said.

“CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason asked Martin, “It cannot be easy to relive all of this. What made you want to go through with this project?”

“As parents, we felt as though the story was watered down that was being told about Trayvon, who he truly was, and the perception that he was a thug,” Martin said. “This was a 17-year-old unarmed child on his way from the store, going home. It had nothing to do with him being a thug, and it had everything to do with racial profiling. And so we felt that, as parents, that we needed to tell the story of who Trayvon truly was.”

Martin hopes that viewers will who are outraged by violence will vote in November, “putting people in place that are willing to listen and take action on the social injustices that are occurring across this country. We can’t sit back and let another term go by without going out, putting people in place that will make a change.”

Furst said he hopes “Rest in Power” will be a teaching tool. “People can watch it and if they’re affected by it, if what they see they feel is wrong, they can use their civic duty of voting to change the story. Stand Your Ground, it’s very unfortunate that the law was passed to begin with, but it’s in over 20 states across this country. Look at what’s just happened to Markeis McGlockton. Look at what happened to Trayvon Martin. If you believe that was wrong, if you believe that people should not have the right to kill because they say they’re afraid which is a very subjective term and has a lot of racial undertones then you should hold your politicians responsible, and this November you should vote those out of office who disagree.”

“Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” debuts Monday, July 30, on the Paramount Network and BET.

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The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Co. owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the film and television rights to their book that explores the aftermath of the 2012 shooting that launched the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed documents in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying The Weinstein Co. and its television unit entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and television series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

The parents say they are owed at least $150,000 as executive producers of the television series, episodes of which have been filmed but not yet aired. The Weinstein Co. also optioned the movie rights, though the studio has not yet exercised this option.

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman as he walked home from a convenience store in Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of charges in connection with the death. The book is filled with family stories and anecdotes about Trayvon, which reviewers said provide a complete picture of the teen who was gunned down.

The bankruptcy court approved the sale of The Weinstein Co. to the Dallas private equity firm, Lantern Capital, and is still dealing with claims filed byscores of actors, writers, producers and companies that have filed court papers saying theyre owed money.

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Obama: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago”

In an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room, President Obama delivered a personal response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. He did not question the verdict but spoke about Trayvon Martin, race relations and providing more support for young African-American males. Bill Plante reports.

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Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton pose with Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, center, on Friday.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK No star power was necessary at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday night.

Although Jay-Z was expected to speak at a panel for Paramount Network’s new Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which he executive produced, the rapper was a no-show. But the premiere audience didn’t seem to mind, giving a standing ovation to the late teen’s parents,Sybrina FultonandTracy Martin, who spoke at a post-screening Q&A.

Rest in Power is an upcoming six-episode docuseries that details the controversial events surrounding the death of 17-year-old Martin, who was shotin Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Using a mix of news clips, family photos, 911 calls and interviews, the first episode recounts the life and dreams of Martin who aspired to be a pilot and travel the world and walks through the night he was killed in harrowing detail.

The series also explores the impact of his death, becoming the face of the Black Lives Matter movement after Zimmerman was found not guilty in 2013.

An undated family photo of Travon Martin, taken about 3 months prior to his 17th birthday.(Photo: AP)

Reliving the incident through Power has been “very difficult, but it’s a tragedy worth telling,” Fulton told moderator Joy Reid. “We want to make sure that people not only remember Trayvon, but all the young men and women that he represents. We have to be mindful that gun culture needs to change, mental illness needs to change, and also the hatred that goes on in this country needs to change. We want to make sure that we are part of that change, so if it meant us opening our lives up and it’s not easy. It’s important for people to realize that it took courage to do this, it took strength to do this. This is nothing that we would have volunteered ourselves for. This is nothing that I would have sacrificed my son for.”

Later in the series, co-directors Julia Willoughby NasonandJenner Furst examine the relevance of Martin’s death in 2018, following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,last August and the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year.

When it comes to the push for more sensible gun laws, “I see a change now, and I say now, because of the incident that happened in Parkland,” Tracy Martin said. “We’ve been talking about getting these laws changed since 2012, but the difference is that the Parkland incident hit the heart of America. Trayvon Martin wasn’t the heart of America; Trayvon Martin iscategorized as the ghetto. And so when this took action outside the ghetto, now America is awake and everybody wants to do something about it. We’ve been trying to get America to do something for years.”

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UNARMED teenager Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. The shooting sparked the Black Lives Matter movement amid a public outcry over the gunman’s controversial acquittal – we take a look at what’s happened since that tragic day. Martin Family Trayvon Martin was just 17-years-old when he was shot dead by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. The unarmed teen was walking home from a 7-Eleven after purchasing Skittles and an iced tea when he was targeted by Zimmerman. Martin, who was was born in Miami, was a junior at Dr Michael M. Krop High School in Miami-Dade. Before his death he had brushed aside his dream of becoming an American football player and had chosen to pursue a carer working with aeroplanes. The Black Lives Matter movement, which aims to protect black people against civil and human rights abuses, is rooted in the injustices around Martin’s death. Orlando Sentinel George Zimmerman, who was born in Manassas, Virginia, was acquitted of second-degree murder after he shot dead Martin. He has remained the subject of media attention ever since amid the ongoing controversy around the killing. He had moved to Florida after graduating and worked for an insurance agency. Zimmerman was volunteering as a neighbourhood watch volunteer when he killed Martin. On May 11, 2015, Zimmerman tried to auction off the gun he had used in the shooting. He called the the weapon an “American firearm icon” and said the money from the sale would got to combating violence against police by the Black Lives Matter movement. The gun was removed from the auction site gunbroker.com the next day. Martin, who was African American, was in a convenience store buying sweets and a canned drink on February 26, 2012. After he had left the store he walked through a neighbourhood in Florida that was notorious for robberies. Zimmerman spotted him and called the police to report him for suspicious behaviour. Moments later the pairhad a physical altercation and Martin was shot in the chest – the gun used belonged to Zimmerman as Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman, who was injured in the scrap, was not charged at the time of the shooting by Sanford Police. They said there was no evidence to refute his claim of self-defence. National media then covered the killing and Zimmerman was subsequently charged and tried over Martin’s death. Zimmerman went on trial charged with second-degree murder over the shooting of 17-year-old Martin. The State claimed Zimmerman profiled Martin before confronting him and shooting him in the chest. The State’s case was that Martin was not committing a crime at the time – he was walking home after purchasing items at a local mart. Zimmerman claimed in his trial that he shot Martin in self defence. After sixteen hours of deliberation over the course of two days, Zimmerman was found not guilty on all counts by a six-person jury. In 2017, the parents of teenager Trayvon Martin released a book entitled “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin”. It was written almost exactly five years since Martin was fatally shot. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, says the book is intended as a means to heal, to share with the world the Trayvon Martin his parents knew and loved, and to describe the impact Martin’s death and surrounding events had on their lives. In the book, Fulton discusseshow her son ended up becoming a “martyr” and “symbol of racial injustice” after his killer was acquitted. JLS RAPE CHARGE JLS star Oritse Williams charged with raping fan in hotel room after gig PASSPORT PANIC 2m Brits told to renew passport IMMEDIATELY or risk being barred from Europe on the breadline Inside the real Benefits Britain where locals raid bins & hookers cost 5 NO REQUEST MADE Maddie mystery as Home Office DENIES cops have asked for more cash for hunt MIRROR IMAGE This photo of an extremely clean black car has totally confused the internet LOST SOUL Vet reveals what you should do when your beloved pet is being put down Zimmerman has allegedly threatened Beyonc and husband Jay-Z over a docuseries produced by the rapper. Jay-Z was co-executive producer on ‘Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’, a six-part series looking at the life and death of the teenager shot and killed by Zimmerman in 2012. In a series of text messages obtained The Blast, Zimmerman called Beyonc a broke w**** and promised she and Jay would find themselves inside a 13 foot gator” if he ever saw them. The indirect threats on the stars’ lives are set to appear in the upcoming finale of the six-part documentary series, due air on Monday, September 10 2018. The messages were allegedly sent when Zimmerman was contacted by private investigator Dennis Warren who was tracking down participants for the series. Warren found himself on the receiving end of hundreds of harassing messages and voicemails from Zimmerman, who was subsequently charged with stalking and harassing Warren. Zimmerman also allegedly targeted hateful messages atMichael Gasparro, who executive produced the series alongside Jay-Z, as well as members of the production crew.

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WE ARE TRAYVON MARTIN OUR MISSION The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established by Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin in March of 2012. We are a non profit organization whose main purpose is to provide both emotional and financial support to families who have loss a child to gun violence. Our goal is to shift the conversation from intervention to reform. Our programs are strengthening families through leadership, support, guidance, and counseling.The Foundation is supported by a network of individuals and companies who share a unified vision of a world free of senseless killings. Our core mission is to gain fellowship toward personal restoration and ultimately community building. RUNNING FOR TRAYVON You need more information? Please feel free to contact us at Info@trayvonmartin foundation.org. For immediate assistance call (786) 504-4235 Running for Trayvon: join the team that isrunning to raise awareness and funds for the Trayvon Martin Foundation. SPECIAL WATCH EVENT WEAR YOUR TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION SHIRT Stand in solidarity with The Trayvon Martin Foundation by wearing our “THE TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION” RED SHIRT,during the premierof REST IN POWER: THE TRAYVON MARTIN STORY. Proceeds help support our Programs. “OUR SON TRAYVON” HOODIEBY LIBERATED PEOPLE Liberated People is a lifestyle brand designed to inspire people to act. Founded in 2012 by actor and activist Gbenga Akinnagbe (The wire, 24,The Talking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Savages) “OURSON TRAYVON”HOODIE-20% OF ALL SALES WILL GO TO THE TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION. AN ORIGINALARTWORK BYTATYANA FAZLALIZADEHCOMMISSIONEDBYLIBERATED PEOPLE, IN SUPPORT OF PARAMOUNT NETWORK’S ‘REST IN POWER: THE TRAYVON MARTIN STORY” TUESDAY, AUGUST 21st 2018. Sybrina Fulton founded Circle of Mothers to empower, support and heal Mothers who have loss a child to gun violence. We have local chapters comprised of mothers to provide financial, emotional and technical assistance. Every year we host Circle of Mothers Retreat in Miami, Florida. We assist mothers in facilitating the healing process, resulting in improved self-managing and coping skills. Tracy Martin founded Circle of Fathers to provide young men with tools for fatherhood, earning potential and self-sustainability. We host a conference to bring together these men. The conference consist of professionalpanelist that specialize in entrepreneurship, technology, mental health and education. Our Annual scholarship isa financial stipend given to an academically qualifiedhigh school seniorwho has lost a family member or close friend to senseless gun violence. Click the button below to apply! DEADLINE : JUNE 8, 2018 THETRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION isexcitedto partnerwith Hanan’s Academic Development Center and the City ofOpa-Locka 8TH annual BACK TO SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA! Everychild deserves…. ANNUAL BACKPACKGIVEAWAY With your donations, we are able to purchase toys to children of families who are less fortunate. ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to offering students in underserved schools and communities the opportunity to explore education and careers in aviation, science, and engineering in honor of Trayvon’s curiosity and exploration in these areas as a student. S.T.E.M EDUCATION JOIN OUR MAILING LIST Your donation allows the Trayvon Martin Foundation the opportunity to find solutions for youth, help parents who have been victimized by senseless violence, provide scholarships to inner city youth, rebuild relationships and strengthen a positive self-image within the community.

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Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story | Paramount Network

Helmed by executive producer Shawn Carter, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story examines the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin. The six-part, unscripted documentary series looks at one of the most talked-about and controversial events of the last decade, including the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement that grew after Trayvon’s death.

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Trayvon Martin’s mother recalls opening "Pandora’s box" of …

More than two years before Ferguson, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was a call to action for many people. The unarmed 17-year-old was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman, who claimed he was attacked and fired in self-defense. Now, Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have teamed up with Jay-Z on the new six-part series “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” It chronicles Trayvon’s death and the protest movement that emerged afterward. Earlier this year, Tracy and Sybrina were honored in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine for their activism. “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King met Sybrina there. Sybrina Fulton spoke to Gayle King in New York. CBS News GAYLE KING: You and Tracy received an award in this church. And I’ve heard you say if it was up to you, none of us would know your name. None of us would know Trayvon’s name. So how have you reconciled that now everybody knows you, everybody knows your story? SYBRINA FULTON: I chose to live, number one. I chose to move to my next chapter because if my son had died and I had died also, and I was just walking around the Earth not doing anything, then I would be dead too… I was reluctant to, you know, even speak. Even to be the voice of my son, you know, which seems like that’s the natural thing to do, is to speak for Trayvon, who’s not here, but I didn’t want to. I just felt so weak and hopeless and helpless God really had to work on me to strengthen me to get me to speak up for other people. To speak up for my son. To speak up for myself. Sybrina Fulton can still recall the moment six years ago when she learned that her son was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claimed self defense. FULTON: My son was innocent. My son was the victim. My son didn’t shoot and kill anyone. He didn’t even own a gun. People look at the situation… they get angry with it, but we have to get angry to the point that we’re doing something about it and that’s what I did. KING: The death of your son, Trayvon Martin, certainly launched a movement. What was it like for you the first time you went anywhere and you saw crowds, thousands of people saying, “I am Trayvon Martin,” or screaming his name? How did you process that? An undated photo of Trayvon Martin. CBS FULTON: Well It was here in New York. KING:You looked so strong during that time… And I often marveled, “Does she feel as strong as she looks?” FULTON: I did not. They didn’t see me when I was very emotional. They didn’t see me when I was depressed And so where so many people were telling me how strong I was, I didn’t feel it on the inside. And so I started speaking to myself. I started speaking to God. I started saying to myself, “I am strong.” “I am strong” and then I started to feel like I really was strong. KING: How do you grieve and recover from the death of a child? FULTON: I think I had a great deal of support Early on, I started, like, reaching out to other mothers that had kids that were victims of senseless gun violence, and it kind of took the edge off of what I was going through… I had so many people that were positively, like, lifting me up… Even now, through my difficult days, when I have my bad days and you know? KING: You still have bad days? FULTON: Absolutely. I’m gonna have bad days the rest of my life. But it feels like something — KING: What, what does a bad day — FULTON: It feels like — KING:You, you’re triggered by a memory or, what is it? FULTON: It doesn’t really have to be a memory. It doesn’t have to be something that I saw. I could wake up that morning and, and just have a bad feeling because it, it feels like I’m missing something. It feels like something is, is not right with my life. It feels like something is not in order with my life And so I’m not afraid to cry. I’m not afraid to tell people that I cry. That’s just on my rainy day but I know that a better day is coming. KING: How do you feel about George Zimmerman? FULTON: I don’t give him a whole lot of time. A whole lot of focus. KING: Have you forgiven him? FULTON: I have not. I have not. I know that in my own time, in my own grief and this whole grieving process that I have to forgive. But by the same token, I’m not at that point yet. I’m very honest with that. A lot of people ask me that question, and I’m very open and honest about it. I’m very real with my feelings, and I know I have not forgiven. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother. CBS News She never could have imagined that her son’s death would have this kind of impact as the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, even Trayvon’s hoodie would become a symbol. FULTON: I call it Pandora’s box, and it is the box of evidence that was given to me by the Department of Justice. Probably three years after Trayvon was shot and killed. And when I first got the box I said I wasn’t gonna open the box. And of course curiosity bothered me for a while, because the box was in the house. And I, I opened the box and I cried and cried and cried. KING: What was in the box? FULTON: In the box is everything that Trayvon had on. His hoodie. His pants. His t-shirt. His socks. His shoes. His cell phone. His money. The drink. The candy. Everything is in the box. Sybrina says she received a request some years ago to display those items to the public in a museum. At first, she wasn’t ready. FULTON:I didn’t want anybody to see the things. I didn’t want anybody to touch them. I just was like, “No.” And so this year we’re meeting now, there’s a possibility, a strong possibility, that they may end up in the museum, because I feel like I have grown since that time, even though I gave birth to Trayvon, I just think that he is everybody’s son, and I need to share those things with everybody. Watch “Rest in Power” Mondays at 10/9c on theParamount Network and BET.

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‘Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ takes an …

A Florida jury on July 13, 2013, acquitted neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, a hoodie-wearing unarmed black teenager, during an angry confrontation in a gated community on a rainy night. Just over five years later, the resonance from that tragedy has become deeper and more painful.

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Trayvon Martin’s father: The problem of social injustice …

A new documentary series explores the long-lasting consequences of the 2012 killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed and walking home in his Florida neighborhood when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was later acquitted of murder, and the case drew attention to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which permits the use of deadly force. Appearing on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, explained why the series, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” has such relevance six years after his son’s death. “There are a lot of social injustices occurring in our communities, and the problem needs to be rectified,” he said. “I think the central thesis of our documentary is that Trayvon Martin’s story ignited change in America, but also led to a backlash that we’re currently experiencing in our politics,” said series co-director Jenner Furst. “And we wanted to use the case to explore that backlash and understand how it’s affecting our daily life now. “I think you look at all the headlines, and so much has changed, but so much is the same. Look at what just happened to Ving Rhames [who recounted being held at gunpoint by police at his own home after a neighbor called to report a black man on the property], look at Markeis McGlockton [a black man shot and killed by a white man in an disagreement over a parking space]. That’s a Stand Your Ground case. This is still a major issue in America. I think we have to face it and have conversations about it.” Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, and filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. CBS News Earlier this year, Zimmerman was charged with stalking a private investigator and producer working on the series, of which Jay-Z is an executive producer. Furst remarked he could say little about an ongoing investigation. “What I can say is that, it is alarming how unhinged this person is, and the fact that he is permitted to carry several firearms, rifles, shotguns, assault rifles and walk around with a bulletproof vest, after it’s been proven that he killed an unarmed 17-year-old young man and also has abused several women who went to the police reporting those crimes. So, what we found is extremely alarming, and I think it’s not surprising that he turned on [investigator] Dennis Warren and our producer, Mike Gasparro, and started stalking them.” CBS News reached out to George Zimmerman for comment but has not received an answer. Co-director Julia Willoughby Nason said the series draws a direct line between the killing of Trayvon Martin and the rise of white nationalism in America. “Trayvon Martin’s death gave birth to Black Lives Matter; the verdict was when the hashtag was created,” she said. “So, we chronicled the birth of Black Lives Matter all the way to the ‘whitelash,’ the opposite-side reaction to that. We go from Trayvon to Trump, and we see the connective tissue to the last six years and how the political landscape has been thrown into mass chaos today.” Asked about a recent Washington Post report which found that 70 percent of murder victims whose killers were never arrested were black, Tracy Martin said it shows how the scales of justice are imbalanced. “We actually are in place where we made a little progress with our previous administration, and so I think it’s going to take the power of the people getting out voting to shift the dynamics of how African-American men and women are viewed in this country,” he said. “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason asked Martin, “It cannot be easy to relive all of this. What made you want to go through with this project?” “As parents, we felt as though the story was watered down that was being told about Trayvon, who he truly was, and the perception that he was a thug,” Martin said. “This was a 17-year-old unarmed child on his way from the store, going home. It had nothing to do with him being a thug, and it had everything to do with racial profiling. And so we felt that, as parents, that we needed to tell the story of who Trayvon truly was.” Martin hopes that viewers will who are outraged by violence will vote in November, “putting people in place that are willing to listen and take action on the social injustices that are occurring across this country. We can’t sit back and let another term go by without going out, putting people in place that will make a change.” Furst said he hopes “Rest in Power” will be a teaching tool. “People can watch it and if they’re affected by it, if what they see they feel is wrong, they can use their civic duty of voting to change the story. Stand Your Ground, it’s very unfortunate that the law was passed to begin with, but it’s in over 20 states across this country. Look at what’s just happened to Markeis McGlockton. Look at what happened to Trayvon Martin. If you believe that was wrong, if you believe that people should not have the right to kill because they say they’re afraid which is a very subjective term and has a lot of racial undertones then you should hold your politicians responsible, and this November you should vote those out of office who disagree.” “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” debuts Monday, July 30, on the Paramount Network and BET. To watch a trailer for the series click on the video player below.

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Parents of Trayvon Martin Say The Weinstein Co. Owes Them …

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Co. owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the film and television rights to their book that explores the aftermath of the 2012 shooting that launched the Black Lives Matter movement. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed documents in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying The Weinstein Co. and its television unit entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and television series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. The parents say they are owed at least $150,000 as executive producers of the television series, episodes of which have been filmed but not yet aired. The Weinstein Co. also optioned the movie rights, though the studio has not yet exercised this option. Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman as he walked home from a convenience store in Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of charges in connection with the death. The book is filled with family stories and anecdotes about Trayvon, which reviewers said provide a complete picture of the teen who was gunned down. The bankruptcy court approved the sale of The Weinstein Co. to the Dallas private equity firm, Lantern Capital, and is still dealing with claims filed byscores of actors, writers, producers and companies that have filed court papers saying theyre owed money.

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George Zimmerman Trial & Trayvon Martin Case – CBS News

Obama: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago” In an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room, President Obama delivered a personal response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. He did not question the verdict but spoke about Trayvon Martin, race relations and providing more support for young African-American males. Bill Plante reports. On July 19, 7:03 PM PlayVideo

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Trayvon Martin’s parents bring heartbreaking new docuseries …

Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton pose with Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, center, on Friday.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK No star power was necessary at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday night. Although Jay-Z was expected to speak at a panel for Paramount Network’s new Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which he executive produced, the rapper was a no-show. But the premiere audience didn’t seem to mind, giving a standing ovation to the late teen’s parents,Sybrina FultonandTracy Martin, who spoke at a post-screening Q&A. Rest in Power is an upcoming six-episode docuseries that details the controversial events surrounding the death of 17-year-old Martin, who was shotin Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Using a mix of news clips, family photos, 911 calls and interviews, the first episode recounts the life and dreams of Martin who aspired to be a pilot and travel the world and walks through the night he was killed in harrowing detail. The series also explores the impact of his death, becoming the face of the Black Lives Matter movement after Zimmerman was found not guilty in 2013. An undated family photo of Travon Martin, taken about 3 months prior to his 17th birthday.(Photo: AP) Reliving the incident through Power has been “very difficult, but it’s a tragedy worth telling,” Fulton told moderator Joy Reid. “We want to make sure that people not only remember Trayvon, but all the young men and women that he represents. We have to be mindful that gun culture needs to change, mental illness needs to change, and also the hatred that goes on in this country needs to change. We want to make sure that we are part of that change, so if it meant us opening our lives up and it’s not easy. It’s important for people to realize that it took courage to do this, it took strength to do this. This is nothing that we would have volunteered ourselves for. This is nothing that I would have sacrificed my son for.” Later in the series, co-directors Julia Willoughby NasonandJenner Furst examine the relevance of Martin’s death in 2018, following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,last August and the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year. When it comes to the push for more sensible gun laws, “I see a change now, and I say now, because of the incident that happened in Parkland,” Tracy Martin said. “We’ve been talking about getting these laws changed since 2012, but the difference is that the Parkland incident hit the heart of America. Trayvon Martin wasn’t the heart of America; Trayvon Martin iscategorized as the ghetto. And so when this took action outside the ghetto, now America is awake and everybody wants to do something about it. We’ve been trying to get America to do something for years.” Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions , Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2HSHXHq

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