Sybrina Fulton tells the Urban League: “Trayvon is also your son”
“I stand here before you today only through the grace of God,” Sybrina Fulton said this morning at the National Urban League’s annual conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was gunned down by George Zimmerman last year. Zimmerman was acquitted this month of all charges in the shooting; the verdict has drawn increased criticism for Florida’s stand-your-ground law, which is seen as having emboldened Zimmerman’s self-defense case.
Fulton has frequently been praised for maintaining grace and composure despite the death of her son and Zimmerman’s acquittal.
“Trayvon is my son, but Trayvon is also your son,” she said, later noting that when she showed her business card, which features a photo of Trayvon, to her driver today, the driver responded, ‘That’s my son, too.’”
On the verge of tears, Fulton spoke of the things she’ll never get to see her son do. “All because of a law—a law that has prevented the person who shot and killed my son to be held accountable and to pay for this awful crime.”
Fulton introduced the Trayvon Martin Foundation to the Philadelphia audience. The nonprofit was established by Fulton and Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin last March; as stated on its website, the foundation’s goal is to “create awareness of how violent crime impacts the victims, and to provide support and advocacy for those families.”
“My message to you,” Fulton said, “is, ‘please use my story, please use my tragedy, please use my broken heart to say to yourself ‘we can not let this happen to anybody else’s child.’”
Fulton’s palpable sorrow seemed to reflect in the somber crowd. “At times I feel like I’m a broken vessel,” she said. “At times I don’t know if I’m going or coming, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is using me and God is using my family to make a change, to make a difference.”
Then she thanked everyone who has supported her family.