Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, shared her story at Manifest Justice, an LA art showcase centered on social inequality. Fulton, whose son’s murder sparked one of the biggest cases of the century on race and the criminalization of Black men, shared her story on a panel during the exhibit.
“When I picked myself up off that floor and I opened my hand full of tears, I told myself, 'You can do better than this, you can do more than this.' And I got up from there that day and I decided that I have to be a spokesperson for people that can't speak," she said. "I have to be a spokesperson for the voiceless. My son is not here to speak for himself. I am Trayvon Martin."
Audience members lined the halls of the venue to hear her moving words at the standing-room only event.
Choosing not to be silenced, Fulton has worked tirelessly to assure her son’s death was not in vain. She often speaks passionately on forums on gun violence in the wake of Trayvon’s death. She also has become a support system and friend for the mothers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose sons also died at the hands of police officers.
“[If] you will pull your car over to help an animal that's being injured before you will help another human being, then I'm speaking to you, I'm speaking to you, because it's about awareness, because it's about admitting when we have a problem,” she said.
The pop-up exhibit, presented by Sons & Brothers in partnership with Amnesty International, features an assortment of pieces by over 150 artists, including Sandow Birk, Jordan Weber, Jerome Lagarrigue, Jim Darling and Michael D'Antuono.
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