by: Amsterdam News
published: 7 February 2019
February 5th would have been Trayvon Martin’s 24th birthday. People took to social media with an outpouring of support honoring him.
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams tweeted her sentiments honoring Martin: “Today should have been Trayvon Martin’s 24th birthday – but his life was ripped from us too soon in a grotesque act of violence and bigotry,” she said. “In his memory, we must recommit ourselves to ending racism and gun violence.”
For the past seven years, the day is painfully remembered in the hearts of the Black community. Martin’s killing served as a tipping point for the community to demand that the nation take a look at its violence and racist past and present.
On Tuesday the twitter account for the NAACP honored Martin in a shared post.
“We remember Trayvon Martin who would have been 24 years old. Just know that you are forever in our hearts. And we will keep fighting for justice.”
The teen’s death marked a call of urgency to Blacks to continue to fight for their lives. Thousands at the time of Martin’s slaying took to the streets in protest. Social media was then flooded with celebrities and activists posting photos of themselves and of kids wearing hoodies.
Rapper and activist Common posted photos of a younger Martin with captions that read “RIP to our brother.”