Rest in Power

Rest in Power

The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Book - 2017
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"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. Trayvon's father--a truck driver named Tracy--tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. Trayvon's mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was paralyzed by the news of her son's death and lost in mourning, unable to leave her room for days. But in a matter of weeks, their son's 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 Trayvon's parents, who--driven by their intense love for their lost son--discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country. Five years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin's 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 child's death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? 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. It's 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."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812997231
Branch Call Number: 305.89607 M3657F 2017
Characteristics: xiii, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Martin, Tracy 1966-
Alternative Title: Enduring life of Trayvon Martin


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The parents of Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) tell their sides of the story about his death.

Trayvon Martin's 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.

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DBRL_ReginaF Nov 06, 2018

Trayvon Martin's death hit me hard. My sons were about the same age, constantly wore hoodies, and regularly cut through a gated community to get to our neighborhood on their way home from school. Rest in Peace, Trayvon.

Apr 19, 2017

Here from the parent's of Trayvon Martin firsthand. Feel their pain,their heartache,of the loss of their son with no justice in sight. Learn their history of them coming together,Trayvon's life until the second he took his last breath! The chilling account of that and hearing the 911 tapes for the first time along with the trial and fateful verdict. Be a insider of the birth of the movement "Black Lives Matter". This story will make you want to do more as a human being!


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