Trayvon Martin was born on Feb. 5, 1995. Black celebrities including rapper Common and actress Tracee Ellis Ross honored the life of the slained teen on what would have been his 24th birthday.

Martin, 17, was unarmed and walking home with from the store when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Stanford, Florida, on Feb. 26, 2012.

Zimmerman called police and described Martin who was wearing a hoodie as "suspicious." He was told to stand down but disregarded police orders and pursued the teen.

One year later, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder due to the state's "stand your ground" law.

The teen's fatal shooting sparked national controversy about racial profiling and birthed the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Martin became a martyr in the fight for equality. In July 2018, the six-part docuseries, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, aired on the Paramount Network. Produced by JAY-Z the non-scripted show was based on the book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, which was written by the teen's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

"Wishing a Happy Birthday to our Brother Trayvon Martin who would’ve turned 24 today," Common tweeted. "RIP."

Ross shared a picture of the 17-year-old to her Instagram writing, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRAYVON ~ we say your name today and always."

Click through the gallery below to who celebrated Martin's life.


Tracee Ellis Ross

Morgan Parker

Omari Hardwick

Cici Adams


The King Center

Nelba Marquez-Greene

Philip Lewis

Najma Sharif

Jenn M. Jackson

Demetria Obilor

Shannon Watts

Bruce C.T. Wright