Mother of Trayvon Martin to speak at SDS

By IAN LACK Reporter

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation and co-author of “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” will hold a lecture at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Volstorff Ballroom of The Union.

Her lecture will cover race relations between marginalized communities, law enforcement and the media, followed by a question and answer session at 7:30 p.m.

Fulton will also spend 30 minutes after the event signing copies of her book, “Rest in Power,” which covers the life of Trayvon Martin, his death and his role in the Black Lives Matter movement.

“This is just a really great opportunity for students to learn and expand,” said Clarke Sanders, president of the Black Student Alliance. “You don’t have to agree with it. I know there are plenty of things I don’t agree with sometimes, but knowing and understanding that other side or that other portion you don’t agree with — it makes you grow as a human.”

Following the January release of her book, Fulton appeared at Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan Colleges and wrote an op-ed in the Miami Herald on stand-your-ground laws.

According to Kas Williams, program adviser for African-American programs in the Multicultural Center, the event will focus on humanity, rather than race, as well as Fulton’s role in the Black Lives Matter movement.

“When her son was killed, there was no Black Lives Matter movement at that time,” Williams said. “She, herself, was catapulted into this movement and she helped shape it, but it started with her son.”

The event is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council, the SDSU Multicultural Center, Brookings Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Brookings Human Rights Commission, College of Arts and Sciences, Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College, Women and Gender Studies and the University Program Council.