Trayvon Martin, who wanted to attend the University of Miami or Florida A&M University, had big dreams. Those dreams included one day flying the skies as a pilot or pursuing a career as an aviation mechanic. However, his life was tragically cut short at the age of 17 when he was wrongfully targeted and killed by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman in 2012.
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” —President Obamaadvertisement
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 19, 2013
His dream of flying was honored in 2017 by his mother Sybrina Fulton’s alma mater of Florida Memorial University, who awarded Trayvon with a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation. To this day, people across the nation continue to honor and remember Trayvon and how he sparked a movement – especially on his birthday of February 5.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to our Brother Trayvon Martin who would’ve turned 24 today. RIP. pic.twitter.com/xsYbclHmSn
— COMMON (@common) February 5, 2019advertisement
Today is the birthday of Trayvon Martin. There are no words for this pain. Lifting up his mom, dad, brother and all who love him. #TrayvonMartin
— Nelba Márquez-Greene, (@Nelba_MG) February 5, 2019advertisement
Remembering #TrayvonMartin, who would have turned 24 today. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” #MLK90 #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/7vwK1Cbhk1
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) February 5, 2019advertisement
Today Trayvon Martin should be turning 24. This is one milestone on a long list of “should haves” Trayvon will never get to enjoy
We honor him by continuing to fight for justice, the fight for Black boys & girls — with purpose & intentionality, w/ love & courage. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/kKKFoPxfJcadvertisement
— CiCi Adams (@CiCiAdams_) February 5, 2019
#TrayvonMartin should be celebrating his 24th birthday today.advertisement
Sending love + light to his family, loved ones + everyone who was forever changed by the unjust loss of his young life . pic.twitter.com/oOaoo9WCwq
— Nat’l Urban League (@NatUrbanLeague) February 5, 2019
Today, would’ve been Trayvon Martin’s 24 birthday. He deserved to live. pic.twitter.com/EZvCmVNS19
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) February 5, 2019
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) February 5, 2019
— NAACP (@NAACP) February 5, 2019
— Miles Brown (@MilesBrown) February 5, 2019
#TrayvonMartin would have been 24 years old today. He might have been working a 9-5 or corporate job by now. He might be a teacher or an astronaut. Maybe he would be in love.
Racism kills. It also drastically changes the shape and the possibility of the world around us. RIP. pic.twitter.com/zQOyTrebIN
— Jenn M. Jackson (@JennMJack) February 5, 2019advertisement
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) February 5, 2019advertisement
Today, we remember that smiling boy who was just trying to get home in the rain. A boy who was singled out, targeted, criminalized, and adultified like too many other Black boys simply for being Black. May you forever rest in power, #TrayvonMartin. pic.twitter.com/YG4yKeuPNJ
— Geneviéve Jones-Wright (@GJonesWright) February 5, 2019advertisement
Rest in power, Trayvon. We will continue to walk in your light and honor your life!