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.
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.”
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.