Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 today
Today, February 5, 2013 marks what would have been the 18th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was gunned down by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. In remembrance of Martin, community leaders gathered today in front of the Seminole County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. reports the Orlando Sentinel. A prayer was said and the teen was wished a “Happy Birthday.”
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a rally called “Banding Together for Peace Against Gun Violence” at the Goldsboro Welcome Center in Sanford, Florida. Sanford officials including Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett and City Manager Norton Bonaparte will speak out. Attendees will also be given red wristbands.
In light of Martin’s birthday, family attorney Benjamin Crump has been active on social media encouraging people to remember the slain teen. Most recently Crump took to Twitter to promote a peace walk in the teen’s memory. The event which takes place Saturday February 9 will include food, live entertainment and motivational speakers.
In addition to the peace walk and “Banding Together” rally, a tribute song titled “18” is currently being promoted. In it veteran music producer Darryl Duncan details the fateful night that Martin’s life was cut short. “I was all alone/walking to my home/minding my business/talking on the phone,” he sings.
The song is available on iTunes and Amazon. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CeaseFire.org.
For more information visit http://www.18song.net. -danielle canada