The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
Spiegel and Grau
On Sale: January 31, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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Trayvon Martinís parents take readers beyond the news cycle
with an account only they could give: the intimate story of
a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.
On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central
Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home
with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the
phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a
gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The
watchman was briefly detained by the police and released.
Trayvonís fatheróa truck driver named Tracyótried to get
answers from the police but was shut down and ignored.
Trayvonís mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was
paralyzed by the news of her sonís death and lost in
mourning, unable to leave her room for days.
But in a matter of weeks, their sonís name would be spoken
by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and
passionately discussed all over traditional and social
media. And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for
justice were Trayvonís parents, whoódriven by their intense
love for their lost sonódiscovered their voices, gathered
allies, and launched a movement that would change the country.
Five years after his tragic death, Travyon Martinís name is
still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social
justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the
photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young
man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But
who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon?
And how did one black childís death on a dark, rainy street
in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil
Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating
narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for
the first time, those questions from the most intimate of
sources. Itís the story of the beautiful and complex child
they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the
hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey
they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and
senselessness to meaning.
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