Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story Coming To Paramount Network On July 30
It’s been over six years, and the unjust killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin still feels like it just happened yesterday.
On February 26, 2012, Trayvon’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement. And in a new docu-series entitled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, we will get to see exactly who the high school kid from Miami Gardens, Florida was and recall how his death rocked our nation.
Partnered with BET and executive produced by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, the series includes interviews with Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon’s parents; the Martin family lawyer; political commentator Angela Rye; political activist Angela Davis; and Reverend Al Sharpton.
The trailer, released yesterday, features both the hard evidence that Trayvon was unjustly shot and killed in the heart by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman and the literal heartbreak it caused his family and the country.
Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge, claiming to have been utilizing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Because he was acquitted, the Black Lives Matter movement was born to bring more awareness and justice to cases like Trayvon’s.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, the Martin family did settle a wrongful death suit for an undisclosed amount in April 2013, although believed to be more than $1 million, from the homeowners association of the Sanford, Florida subdivision where their son was killed. But we all know that no amount of money can rectify the killing of your loved one.
And despite the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement since Trayvon’s murder, there have been other unarmed killings of black folks, specifically by law enforcement, like Philando Castile (2016), Freddie Gray (2015), Laquan McDonald (2014) and Terence Crutcher (2016). According to The New York Times, some cases did end up settling out of court but with no convictions.
For Trayvon’s mother, she said that her son’s death sparked a fire in her to be an advocate for others who have experienced losing their family members at the hands of law enforcement.
“It took my son to be shot down for me to stand up,” she said in trailer.
Rest in Power premieres on the Paramount Network on July 30. Will you be watching?
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