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MLK Day 2015 -- Monday, Janurary 19, 2015 -- Sybrina Fulton


Monday, January 19, 2015 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Community College
Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
Keynote Speaker: Sybrina Fulton
(Trayvon Martin's Mother)

Sybrina Fultons' Biography

Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country.

The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.

Her message not only appeals to people’s hearts as it relates to children, but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her personal experiences and endeavors. As a mother, she inspires audiences to continuously educate their children about civil rights and to help them feel accepted as part of an ever changing society. An honest and relatable speaker, Fulton always looks forward sharing her powerful message with everyone from colleges and legal professionals to community and family organizations, and all other proponents of social justice.

A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. A proud mother, Fulton worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens


2015 MLK Day Events

GRCC MLK Celebration Events
Community Peace March --12:00 p.m.
(Assembles at the GRCC Gerald R. Ford
Memorial Program
12:30-1:30 p.m.
GRCC Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
Featuring performances by
GRCC and KISD students
Monday, January 19, 2015 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Community College
Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse
Keynote Speaker: Sybrina Fulton
(Trayvon Martin's Mother)

Books about Social Justice

Cover Art
Pursuing Trayvon Martin - George Yancy; Janine Jones
ISBN: 9780739178836
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
On February 26, 2012, seventeen-year-old African American male Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a twenty-eight-year-old white Hispanic American male in Sanford, Florida. Pursuing Trayvon Martin is an important read for scholars in the fields of philosophy, criminal justice, history, critical race theory, political science, critical philosophies of race, gender studies, sociology, rhetorical studies, and for anyone hungry for critical ways of thinking about the Trayvon Martin case.

Cover Art
Suspicion Nation - Lisa Bloom
Call Number: 363.23 B623
ISBN: 9781619023277
Publication Date: 2014-02-25
What went wrong behind the scenes in the Trayvon Martin case? Why does America endure so many tragic shootings like this one? Lisa Bloom covered the murder trial and was appalled by what she witnessed. Bloom now exposes the injustice, conducting new in-depth interviews with key trial participants and digging deeper into the evidence. Suspicion Nation outlines the six biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this "winnable case," and the laws and biases that created the conditions for this tragedy.


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