'Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin' will be released Jan. 31, 2017
A little over a month before the five-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, the teen’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, will release a book celebrating the life and legacy of their son, EW has confirmed.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Legacy of Trayvon Martin is set to hit shelves Jan. 31, 2017. According to a press release, the book will “offer the true inside story of their son’s life and struggles, his tragic death, and the transformative movement for justice and healing that grew from that tragedy.” Martin and Fulton signed a book deal with Random House’s One World division, an imprint spearheaded by editor Christopher Jackson.
Martin, a 17-year-old high school student, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on the evening of Feb. 26, 2012 following an altercation within a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Initially, Zimmerman was not charged with a crime; after the case drew national media attention, however, the then-28-year-old was tried for second degree murder, though he was later acquitted. Because of Florida’s controversial stand your ground law, prosecutors couldn’t oppose Zimmerman’s claims he shot Martin in self-defense.
“It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes,” Jackson, speaking about the book, told The Hollywood Reporter. “And then to the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we’re still watching unfold five years later. Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter.”
Following Martin’s death, his parents established The Trayvon Martin Foundation, a “social justice organization committed to ending senseless gun violence” and “strengthening families through holistic support.” Fulton has since made several appearances at public events to support the foundation’s causes. Most recently, she spoke at July’s Democratic National Convention, and later attended the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in August as a guest of Beyoncé, who also featured Fulton in her Lemonade visual album earlier this year.
Watch Fulton speak at the Democratic National Convention below.