Sybrina Fulton writes an essay ten years after the death of her son Trayvon Martin
Sybrina Fulton wrote a new essay, Trayvon: Ten years later, a mother’s essay, published by Amazon Original Stories, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, on February 1 and available free to Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited members, and for sale for Kindle and as an Audible audiobook narrated by Fulton (available free to those who purchase the Kindle edition). Fulton, of Miami Gardens, Florida, is also the author of Rest in Power: The Sustainable Life of Trayvon Martin (Random house), and co-founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation with Tracy Martin.
In the essay, Fulton writes of the immediate aftermath of learning the news ten years ago: “The pain was unimaginable. Of all the possibilities, I couldn’t conceive of something as ordinary as a walk from the local 7-Eleven ending in my son’s death.
Fulton writes how her faith helped her through this dark time and how she is inspired by a new generation of leaders. “As one generation ages, we need the next generation to step up and raise their voices on behalf of our people. Young people have spirit and enthusiasm, you just have to show them how and get out of their way. The very future of our people is at stake, and there is no room for nonsense or games.
The essay has a foreword by attorney Benjamin Crump, who writes, “Trayvon Martin inspired me to focus on the future. As a civil rights lawyer, I fight for justice, often for families who have lost a child to racism. But I refuse to set the bar so low that I will only fight to keep black men from getting shot in the back. It’s not equality. It’s not fair.”
Of working with Fulton on the essay, Selena James, Managing Editor at Amazon Original Stories and Little A, said in an interview, “With Amazon Original Stories, we are privileged to publish stories and essays by incredible authors. , and that includes changemakers like Sybrina Fulton. It was Sybrina’s story to tell, but one that touches the hearts of millions of moms, parents and concerned citizens everywhere. Helping Sybrina tell her story was inspiring and at times painful and humbling. I know readers will feel and take on the same level of emotional connection with them reading and listening to his essay, and I hope they will eventually feel inspired to go out and create positive change for their communities as well.
fulton said new York magazine about her life before her son’s death: “Before I lost Trayvon, I can tell you that I was just living a normal life. I hadn’t been to a march at all. I don’t tell people, you know, “Oh, I’ve been that community activist my whole life.” No, I didn’t,” and advised readers, “Don’t wait for him to come to your front door like I did.
Ask by Gasoline for advice for others dealing with grief, Fulton said: “Through this senseless gun violence, I started reaching out to other mothers to [grieve with them], to encourage them, and I ended up taking care of myself as much as these mothers. You must rise. You have to get up when you fall. Most of the time we rely on other people to do it for us, which is fine, but sometimes we have to learn to hedge and be resilient.