On the Sixth Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Killing, Activists Remember the Spark That Ignited a Movement
On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, the program coordinator of the neighborhood's community watch team in an act Zimmerman later called self-defense, according to CNN. USA Today's 2013 report on Zimmerman's trial explains that the jury found him not guilty of second degree murder and acquitted him on manslaughter charges as well. Six years later, activists and organizations are remembering the 17-year-old's death.
"#TrayvonMartin’s life was cut short from systemic racist practices and gun violence," The Million Hoodie March wrote on Twitter. Also known as Million Hoodies, it's one of several groups like the Black Youth Project 100 and #BlackLivesMatter that credits Trayvon's case as a catalyst for their efforts.