Today (February 26), on the sixth anniversary of his death, the world remembers Trayvon Benjamin Martin.
The 17-year-old’s death at the hands of vigilante George Zimmerman was the launchpad for Black Lives Matter, which aims to “build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
As #TrayvonMartin trends today, here is a sampling of how his legacy is being celebrated online and in the streets.
OTD in 2012, #Trayvon Martin was shot & killed by neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman who was acquitted of all charges related to the killing. For 6 yrs Trayvon has been confined to a dark Fla grave, & for 6 yrs George has been walking free, sleeping each night in his own bed pic.twitter.com/PvRHxqBjwQ
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) February 26, 2018
Six years ago on this date, Trayvon Martin was shot & killed by George Zimmerman who was acquitted of all charges related to the killing.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) February 26, 2018
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 26, 2018
Imagine going out today and not coming home to your family. Imagine going about your normal everyday activities and some random guy with bad intentions follows you at some point and guns you down And walks free afterwards. rest in power #TrayvonMartin
— J. (@jaytheleo6) February 26, 2018
On February 26, 2012, while walking home with a bag of skittles + a can of ice tea in his hands, #TrayvonMartin was killed.
His memory will always live in our hearts and our movement for justice.
— MetalRabbit13 (@MetalRabbit13) February 26, 2018
Black youth have been a loud, yet ignored, voice for gun law reform for decades. They face danger in school, on the way home, and in their communities. They marched, walked out, sat in, and cried to save each other, and themselves. #TRAYVONMARTIN
— CannaLady86 (@DaUrleeByrd) February 26, 2018
— Darren Mack (@DarrenMack718) February 26, 2018