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Celebrities Honor Trayvon Martin Five Years After His Death


Celebrities Honor Trayvon Martin Five Years After His Death

5 years ago on this day, February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford Florida. The tragic incident sparked national attention as Trayvon’s family and friends fought for justice. While it’s still hard to digest another young man’s life taken so quickly for absolutely no reason, today, many people, including celebrities, have taken to social media to remember Travon and the movement that stands behind him.

( Image of Trayvon Martin in 2012)

( Image of Trayvon Martin in 2012)

Although it’s the day of the Oscars, actresses like Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Kerry Washington, and Gabrielle Union all took the time out to remember Trayvon Martin. They sported grey “Trayvon” sweatshirts with their hoods up, in support of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Kerry Washington posted on Instagram. “5 years later our hoodies are still up because the movement is still strong! #OurSonTrayvon SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION & GET THE HOODIE,” also sharing a link to purchase the sweatshirts.

Gabrielle Union

Tracee Ellis Ross

DuVernay, who was already dressed for the red carpet, honored Martin before arriving at the Academy Awards. “On my way to #Oscars. Taking a moment to remember #TrayvonMartin. Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong. #OurSonTrayvon.”

She also shared footage about Martin’s death from her Oscar-nominated documentary, 13th.

Other stars, including Taraji P. Henson and Maxwell, also shared illustrations of Martin.

Though Martin is no longer with us, his name and legacy lives on as people across the world use it to help bring attention to issues like gun violence and social injustice.

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