Celebrities are taking to social media to pay tribute to Trayvon Martin on what would have been his 26th birthday (Feb. 5).
Martin was only 17 years old when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, in Sanford, Florida back in 2012. The case sparked national outrage after Zimmerman was acquitted for the shooting based on the state’s Stand Your Ground law. His acquittal led to protests throughout the country. Martin’s death helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, took to Twitter to send birthday wishes to her late son. “You left this world, but NEVER my HEART. Rest in POWER Trayvon!!” she tweeted. “Not even the death of my SON/SUN will separate a Mother’s Love!!”
Attorney and political commentator Angela Rye tweeted, “Trayvon Martin would have been 26 years old today. While I never had the privilege of meeting you, I wish I had. Happy heavenly birthday, we will never forget your name and we will keep fighting. Sending love to your amazing family. #BlackLivesMatter.”
“Happy Birthday to Trayvon Martin,” tweeted rapper Common. “Today would’ve been his 26th birthday. While Trayvon is no longer with us, his name continues to inspire millions of people in the fight for justice and equality. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. God Bless. RIP.”
Congresswoman Barbara Lee wrote, “Trayvon Martin should be celebrating his 26th birthday today. We must continue to honor his life by demanding accountability and an end to injustice.”
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, tweeted, “These are the types of photos we see of white youth, even white adults, who have killed people. Trayvon was killed, his murderer free, and we seldom saw photos of this Black boy, full of promise and hope, enjoying a space camp. We’re working to make the world better, Trayvon.”
Happy birthday Trayvon Martin. Continue to rest in peace.