Trayvon Martin's Parents Considering Run For Political Office
Trayvon Martin's parents are considering running for political office.
In an interview with USA Today's Capital Download, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton said that their desire to run for political office stemmed from the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and how they feel his presidency will affect any progress that has come about for racial justice in America.
"Since Trayvon's death, we saw how divided the country is on these issues and we saw how the country can come together," Martin said. "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.'"
"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 added. "The only way we can be part of the change is if we start with local government and we work our way up."
The pair said that they would not mind running for a position within the White House at some point, but want to begin with city or county roles first.
This year will mark the five year anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death (February 26, 2012). Trayvon's parents will also be releasing a memoir about his life this month.
Titled Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, the book will be dropping on January 31, 2017. According to Christopher Jackson (who runs Random House's One World) the memoir "brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents' eyes," and then goes into how his death ultimately incited the Black Lives Matter movement.