Over the weekend, Benedict College and the City of Columbia awarded Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, with an honorary doctorate and a Key to the City. Fulton served as the commencement speaker at the Benedict College Winter Commencement Convocation where she received the Doctor of Humane Letters by the institution. South Carolina mayor Steven Keith Benjamin also awarded the mother and social activist with a Key to the City.
“Sybrina is a model of grace and strength,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “Because of her passion and dedication, ‘we are all Trayvon’ and demand social justice for our sons.”
Since the tragic and untimely death of her then 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton has been advocating for social justice and bringing awareness to the need for gun control. In 2012, Sybrina and Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin established the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which houses programs such as Circle of Mothers, which was created to bring together mothers who have lost children or family members to senseless gun violence for the purpose of healing, empowerment, and fellowship towards the larger aim of community building. There is also the STEM Education program in which The Trayvon Martin Foundation partnered with Miami Dade College to provide local students with scholarships to attend STEM Camp. There they will learn about Robotics, Coding & Drones.
Through Fulton’s social activism, she has been able to turn a negative into a positive by transforming a family tragedy into a social change says Benedict College.
Unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 at the hands of George Zimmerman, who was later found not guilty. It was a story that rocked the country and sparked a national debate regarding gun control and racial profiling.