Since the death of their son Trayvon Martin, five years ago, his parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have been in the public eye, fighting for justice and raising awareness for not only their son’s death but the murders of other innocent, often unarmed Black men and women.
In today’s political climate the parents are thinking about their future in activism and service to their community.
“Since Trayvon’s death, we saw how divided the country is on these issues, and we saw how the country can come together,” said Martin “You have those that are for uniting the country, and you have those that want to be apart. And what this new presidency does, it takes those that want to be apart and it puts them right in the position where they can say, ‘We’ll change the laws, and we’ll make it tougher.’”
This position is a far cry from where they saw themselves five years ago “before our life got interrupted,” as Fulton puts it.
“Before, I was just comfortable with my average life, but now I feel like I’m just obligated to be part of the change,” Fulton said. “The only way we can be part of the change is if we start with local government and we work our way up.”
The couple who are releasing a new book this year, Rest in Power, know that their son’s death was not in vain. Instead, it sparked protests and a national conversation about racial injustice and discrimination.
When it comes to politics, Fulton said the sky is the limit.
“It could go all the way up to the White House,” Fulton said of their possible upcoming bids, but she said they would begin with a city or county commissioner position.”