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Sybrina  Fulton

Sybrina Fulton

Mother of Trayvon Martin

Biography

Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country. Her book co-authored with Tracy Martin, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, shares the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement that awoke a nation’s conscience. Read More >

The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.

Her message not only appeals to people’s hearts as it relates to children, but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her personal experiences and endeavors. As a mother, she inspires audiences to continuously educate their children about civil rights and to help them feel accepted as part of an ever changing society. An honest and relatable speaker, Fulton always looks forward sharing her powerful message with everyone from colleges and legal professionals to community and family organizations, and all other proponents of social justice.

A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. A proud mother, Fulton worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.

Currently, Fulton is running for office in Miami-Dade, but is still looking forward to speaking. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

APB Celebrates 50 Years: Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

How Could This Happen Here in America?

We Have Lost the Respect for One Another

Be the Voice for the Voiceless

Speech Topics

We Are All Travyon

Years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? Through real life stories and compelling experiences, Sybrina Fulton, answers those questions. Fulton’s experiences take us beyond the news cycle and familiar images to give the account that only she can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and an inspiring journey from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to purpose.

From Pain to Purpose: The Time is Now to Own Democracy

After overcoming years of pain and turmoil, Sybrina Fulton has successfully turned her son Trayvon’s tragic death into a legacy. From grieving mother to passionate gun violence and police reform activist, Fulton has turned her pain into purpose, and has launched a social justice revolution. Through the Trayvon Martin Foundation and her committed fight for change in the Miami-Dade community, Sybrina is showing that even under the worst of circumstances, power can prevail. In this passionate keynote, Sybrina inspires the younger generation to engage in the change: Register. Educate. Vote. Work on Congressional campaigns. Volunteer to register voters. Canvas. Phone bank. WIN. Citing a range of issues from ending gun violence, racism and inequality to protecting the environment, Fulton puts forth the challenge and leaves audiences wanting to make a difference.