One year after the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin and one month after his 18th birthday, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, will reflect on the circumstances surrounding the death of her son and the role that perception played in the public analysis and conversation that ensued. She will also reflect on the ongoing work of the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation and its partners to reduce racial profiling.
A conversation with Star Jones, Author, NBC Today Show Professional, Sybrina Fulton, Founder, The Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation, Benjamin Crump, Principal, Parks & Crump, LLC.
Benjamin L. Crump is a principal with the Tallahassee firm of Parks & Crump, LLC. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1992 in Criminal Justice from Florida State University, where he served as two-term Black Student Union President, President of the Order of Omega and the inaugural President of the Burning Spear. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the FSU College of Law in 1995.
Currently, Attorney Crump is recognized internationally as the lead counsel for the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old unarmed teen that was murdered in Sanford, Florida.
Attorney Crump was distinguished amongst Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2012 recipient of the American Association of Justice Johnny Cochran Soaring Eagle Award, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Advocate Award and in 2012 was recognized by The Root 100 and Ebony’s Power 100 as one of the Nation’s top leader.
Mr. Crump is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Sigma Pi Phi Boule, Board Member at Large for the National Bar Association and to the Florida Bar Foundation Board.
Over the years Mr. Crump has dedicated his areas of practice to serious personal injury, wrongful death, mass torts and civil rights.
The Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in March of 2012 by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Their mission is to advocate for all victims of injustice and senseless crimes throughout the world - not just young black men.
The foundation is a call to action for justice when it comes to crime victims and their families.
One of their goals is to enact Trayvon Martin legislation to fight back against the unjust "Stand Your Ground" law that is currently practiced in over 20 states in America, increase public awareness against all forms of profiling, and educate youth on conflict resolution techniques.
This is a fight for justice, peace and human rights for all individuals regardless of race, political affiliations, religious backgrounds, sexual orientation or gender. An extension of the Foundation's abilities will also advocate for voter’s power, using social media for effective mobilization.
The Foundation stands on the principals of not advocating violence, hatred and laws that encourage it, even towards George Zimmerman.
Star Jones, the former New York City homicide prosecutor, Emmy-nominated TV host and best-selling author, has worked in television for over 20 years; offering a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked about crime and justice, political and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics and pop culture. Star is best known to television viewers as a co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years and as the go-to Legal Correspondent/Analyst who has covered and provided commentary on every major legal story of the last 20 years. Star can presently be seen on NBC's Today Show as the veteran legal analyst and as Co-Host of "Today'sProfessionals," the runaway hit commentary team of heavy hitters in the worlds of business, medicine and law.
Star is an accomplished author who has written two best-selling non-fiction books. Star's third book, “Satan’s Sisters,” a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes of a daytime talk show, is being developed into a network television series by Vh1. Star is also heavily involved in professional, philanthropic and civic organizations. She is a prolific fundraiser for the Democratic party and has served as a surrogate for the last six Presidential elections. As the national spokeswoman for the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Star is the face of the largest (over 400,000 women)
professional women's networking organization in the United States.
This attorney, television personality, former prosecutor, political insider, philanthropist and best selling author; can now add Survivor and Heart Health Advocate to her impressive list of credentials. In 2010, Star underwent successful Open Heart Surgery and is now the American Heart Association’s National Volunteer utilizing her name, voice, time and international media platform to champion Heart Health in America in a effort to combat cardio-vascular disease, the nation's number one killer.
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Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in 2012, discusses why she thinks his death was a tipping point that brought attention to gun violence, the stand-your-ground law, and discrimination.