By Kayla Tucker – A&E/Features Editor
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will be speaking at Grand Rapids Community College on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19.
Martin was fatally shot in 2012 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Martin’s death led to mass protests and marches nationwide against the nature of the shooting, as well as the state of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
GRCC’s campus events begin with a silent Community Peace March starting at the Ford Fieldhouse at noon. A MLK commemoration will begin at the Fieldhouse at 12:30 p.m. led by Jaedah Pickens, President of GRCC’s Black Student Union and Bert Bleke, GRCC Board of Trustees chairman.
“We just want to take a moment to honor Dr. King,” Bleke said. “That’s what this is all about, honoring the memory of a fantastic human being who changed our society and recommitting to continuing that good work…it is important to keep the fact alive that we still have a lot of work to do in this country.”
Meanwhile, silent marches will be conducted at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale and Davenport University’s Lettinga campuses.
Fulton, who started the Trayvon Martin Foundation, will be speaking on “Encouraging our Youth” at 6:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.
For more information on the Trayvon Martin Foundation, visit www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org.