Peace Walk / Peace Talk February 14th 9:00am - 12:00pm Remembrance Dinner 15th 2015- 5:00pm

Peace Walk will begin at Miami Carol City Park, Remembrance Dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel

The Trayvon Martin Peace Walk and Peace Talk will be held Saturday February 14th 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fl. The Peace Walk and Peace Talk is an annual community event. Participants include youth, community activists, faith leaders, celebrities and families who have lost a child to senseless violence who walk together in solidarity. The gathering is a testament to the right that all people should be able to walk freely without being pursued, chased, profiled or shot and killed on their streets.

 

The Peace Talk engages the community in a discussion of ideas/experiences and possible plans of action to empower youth and curtail violence and is a result of families rising up and choosing to serve, love and to connect regardless of what predicaments or situations they face in their communities. The Talk will boast an amazing lineup of community and faith leaders along with celebrities who attended to take part in the discussion.

 

This commitment to service and connection is the foundation of our work. It is what heals hearts, unites communities and empowers youth to become compassionate leaders in their homes, schools and communities. (Register) .

 

Remembrance Dinner February 15th 2015 -  Please join Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin for the Trayvon Martin Remembrance Dinner. This occassion is an annual event to commemorate the life of Trayvon Martin and to raise public awareness of profiling, the impact of violent crime, senseless violence on the families of the victims and the impact of violence on our communities. The Remembrance Dinner is also designed to celebrate life, progress and Foundation supporters who want change. Please come and share this occasion in remembrance, and inspire our youth to lead us to a better future. (Purchase Tickets)For Sponsorship Package

The Trayvon Martin Foundation Announce New President/Executive Director

Troy E. Wright

"I believe if you provide our children with an education, they will think their way to prosperity instead of the land of discontent."

 

The Trayvon Martin Foundation is pleased to announce Mr. Troy E. Wright as the new President / Executive Director. Mr. Wright’s ability to grow corporations and sincere desire to provide inspiration through education is well documented.

 

As the former Vice President of Experience Hendrix (Family of Jimi Hendrix) it was Mr. Wright, along with Hendrix’s father and relatives who battled for 2 ½ years to regain the rights of Jimi Hendrix and control 100% of name, likeness, and image for his estate worth millions of dollars. More recently Mr. Wright served as the Corporate Education Liaison at Florida National University where he established relationships between the University, businesses, and the local community.

 

Mr. Wright made history by founding the Washington State Mass Choir and becoming the first choir in Washington history to reach the Billboard Top 40. Mr. Wright not only produced a Stellar Award winning record (Kenny Smith "If There's No You") and Billboard #12 single (Eboni Foster "Crazy For You" but he also served as lead consultant for the Grammy Award winning documentary “Band of Gypsies”.

 

Since Mr. Wright’s arrival in South Florida he has dedicated his life to providing mentorship and inspiration in the community. Mr. Wright serves on seven Miami-Dade community boards including: Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, the African American Advisory Council, and he is the Vice President of the Higher Education Partnership of South Florida. He has established over 45 scholarships in Miami-Dade County.

 

When Mr. Wright is not serving the community he spends his time as a mentor for Big Brothers Big sisters, writing the biography of China Valles (Florida’s first Jazz radio announcer), and being a devoted father to his four sons “Father of the Year” as voted by a Seattle women’s organization. President Initiative 

Alicia Keys "We are one" partners with TMF

Alicia Keys

Recently superstar Alicia Keys agreed to partner with the Trayvon Martin Foundation to fight injustice. In an interview with The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, Keys shared that she wanted to do the campaign for a more peaceful world. She started with the photograph to gain attention before continuing with other projects such as petitions, rallies and fundraising event. "It's time to get people's attention. People won't be able to ignore this visual," she said. "We're in the same head space.

 

We think the same things. This is bothering us, so how can we take that to the next step and do something about that, as opposed to just being angry?" Keys said of campaigning for the good cause. To start it, Keys has pledged a $1 million donation which was distributed to 12 specific organizations and urged fans to make donations to the groups.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

According to the Huffington Post  - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Schultz last week called an impromptu employee meeting at the company’s headquarters in Seattle. The more than 400 employees who attended were initially unaware of the agenda. Read more

103-year-old voting rights activist attends State of the Union address

By WSFA 12 News Staff

 
Cameras panned to Boynton as President Obama mentioned Selma. (Source: NBC News)Cameras panned to Boynton as President Obama mentioned Selma. (Source: NBC News)
 
President Obama and Mrs. Boynton speak following the State of the Union (Source: Rep. Sewell's Facebook page)President Obama and Mrs. Boynton speak following the State of the Union (Source: Rep. Sewell's Facebook page)
 
Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)
 
Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)Amelia Boynton Robinson and Rep. Terri Sewell (Source: Rep. Sewell via Twitter)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) -

Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103, played a role in 1965's Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery in an effort to secure African-Americans' right to register and vote. 

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Some 50 years later, the voting rights activist attended President Barack Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and the nation.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama spoke about the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and the right to vote.

“We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that it's being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to make voting easier for every single American," the president said.

A year prior to the Selma to Montgomery March, Boynton was already making a name for herself. In 1964 she ran for Congress and pulled 10 percent of the vote in the district despite blacks only making up 1 percent of the voting population. Though she lost, her efforts were historic. She'd become the first woman and first African-American from Alabama to run for Congress.

Now, nearly half a century later, Boynton's attendance at the State of the Union address came in a special invitation from Rep. Terri Sewell, a fellow African-American female, who secured the seat Boynton once fought for. Sewell represents the people of Selma and Alabama's District 7 in Congress.  

“I feel as though Terri and I have a bond that cannot be broken..." Boynton says. "I am delighted that she invited me as her guest to hear our President give the State of the Union address. I appreciate the work of her entire staff and my assistants in Tuskegee who helped make my trip to Washington possible. I will forever remember this day." 

"Amelia Boynton challenged an unfair and unjust system that kept African Americans from exercising their constitutionally protected right to vote," Sewell says. "She paved the way for me to accomplish all that I have today, and her legacy should inspire us not to take any of our rights for granted.” 

The civil rights activist's accomplishments are immortalized in the recently produced, Oscar-nominated film, "Selma."

ON THE WEB: Amelia Boynton Robinson website

New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime - Humm...who are they targeting?

According to Thinkprogress.com, Oklahoma lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill this February that would make it illegal to wear hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies,” in public, according to a report from Oklahoma’s Channel 6 News.

Republican Senator Don Barrington will introduce the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to “wear a mask, hood, or covering” either while committing a crime or in order to intentionally conceal one’s identity. If the bill is passed, offenders would be subject to a fine of $50 to $500, and up to one year in jail. The ban would not affect mask-wearers on Halloween or at masquerade parties, nor would it apply to people who wear head coverings for religious purposes. read more

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Flavorwire-25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014

Sybrina Fulton

Trayvon Martin’s mom represents all the women who have stepped in and organized for the #BlackLivesMatter protests, from Ferguson to both coasts. This is becoming a new wave of the Civil Rights Movement. In a letter to Mike Brown’s mother and family this summer, Fulton wrote, “If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us. Some will mistake that last statement as being negatively provocative. But feeling us means feeling our pain; imagining our plight as parents of slain children. We will no longer be ignored.” -Flavorwire -  Read more

Spoken Word: Poet Antonio Taylor Performs For Sybrina Fulton In Honor Of Her Son Trayvon Martin!

White-on-white murder in America is out of control

Picture by Joe Raedle

VOX - "Blacks represent 13% of the population but commit 50% of the murders; 90% of black victims are murdered by other blacks," writes Time's Joe Klein, calling for "provocative" thinking on race in America. "The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster."

Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI's most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

This is not to say that white people areinherently prone to violence. Most whites, obviously, manage to get through life without murdering anyone. And there are many countries full of white people — Norway, Iceland, France, Denmark, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — where white people murder each other at a much lower rate than you see here in the United States. On the other hand, although people often see criminal behavior as a symptom of poverty, the quantity of murder committed by white people specifically in the United States casts some doubt on this. Per capita GDP is considerably higher here than in France — and the white population in America is considerably richer than the national average — and yet we have more white murderers.

To understand the level of cultural pathology at work here, it's important to understand that 36 percent of those killed by whites are women — a far higher share than you see with black murderers.

Clearly, the social disaster of white violence has complicated roots. But the beginning of an answer is to admit that we have a problem. It's striking that President Obama, who's frequently found time to comment on the height of black men's waistlines, seems oblivious to this torrent of white killing. To be fair to the White House, however, it would be uniquely difficult for Obama to address this delicate issue. The real tragedy is that none of Obama's 43 white predecessors have addressed it either. Indeed, looking back on America's political iconography, there are disturbing trends toward the glorification of white violence. Peer inside the US Capitol building, and you'll find a monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis — the leader of an insurgency that caused an unprecedented quantity of violent white deaths.

But whatever the causes or past mistakes, the important thing is to confront this important subject in the future. As we look ahead to a 2016 matchup that should give us two Euro-American major party nominees for the first time in a decade, perhaps America can finally get the debate about white violence it deserves.Updated by 

Foundation Newsletter! (1st issue 3/1/2015)

Sybrina Fulton (Mother of Trayvon Martin) Read her Column "I didn't have a choice"
Tracy Martin - Circle of Fathers "Lead by example"

February 5th is Trayvon Martin's 20th Birthday $20 for his 20th.

Trayvon Martin Foundation Prayer Breakfast - March 5, 2015 "Pastors Only"

Prayer Breakfast March 5th

Youth On The Rise

Aaron Johnson

Trayvon Martin Foundation Youth Empowerment & Solutions (YES) Conference                     July 30- August 1, 2015     Miami Florida

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