It’s been almost a year since the unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman after being spotted walking through the gated community in Sanford, Florida where his father’s girlfriend lived. The story of the teen who made a run to the store to pick up Arizona Iced Tea and Skittles while wearing a hooded sweatshirt is one that will live on for generations, because movement against injustice it ignited. A movement about the racial profiling of African-American boys and men, gun violence and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.
On Saturday, actor/musician/comedian Jamie Foxx joined Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in Miami for a Day Of Remembrance Peace Walk in honor of Trayvon. And, to fight to repeal the Stand Your Ground Law which allows people to use deadly force if they feel threatened. The statue was used by Trayvon’s shooter, George Zimmerman, to avoid arrest for more than a month.
“The thing is with press, and you know how press goes, it will be a hot story at one point. It will be the thing to go to and, all of a sudden, they try to forget about it,” Foxx said in a speech, according to NBC6. “And I said I don’t want anybody to forget about this, because they can’t forget about the fact that they lost their son.”
He added, “And the thing is, we’re not asking for anything out of the ordinary. We’re asking for justice.” The events took place on what would have been Trayvon’s 18th birthday…
The March for Peace was a part of a weekend of events which included a dinner that benefited the Trayvon Martin Foundation.