Sybrina Fulton tragically lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to a violent confrontation in 2012. Since that traumatic experience, Fulton has devoted her life to transforming her family’s tragedy into a catalyst for social change.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, sponsored by the Black Student Union and the NAACP at Millersville University, will feature a keynote by Sybrina Fulton on Feb. 20 in the Student Memorial Center’s Reighard Multipurpose Room from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida in February 2012 by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator of his gated community. Martin was unarmed at the time. The publicity surrounding Martin’s death and the trial that followed motivated Fulton to take an active role in the fight against injustice. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton remained strong by speaking out against violence against children and the need for safer communities.
Over the past six years, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country. Her message appeals to the public because it relates to children while expressing hope and change.
Fulton was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens. For 25 years, Fulton worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency.
In 2017, Fulton collaborated with Tracey Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, to write the book, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The book details Trayvon Martin’s life and how his death awoke the nation’s conscience.
The MLK Lecture is open to the public, but seating is limited.