Pingree Welcomes Keynote Speaker Sybrina Fulton

Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin. On February 26, 2012, her 17-year-old unarmed son, Trayvon, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman as Trayvon was walking home. Zimmerman was charged with murder for the shooting but was acquitted after claiming self-defense. 

Since her son’s death, Fulton has been a strong advocate and leader for stricter gun laws and the Black Lives Matter movement. She has advocated for change by testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in Washington, DC against the danger of gun violence and at a protest at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida to advocate for “stand-your-ground” law reform. She has delivered many public speeches at the invitation of the National Urban League, ESSENCE, and the ACLU, among others. Just two months after Zimmerman’s acquittal, Fulton spoke at an event for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. She often speaks to high school and college students about the importance of getting involved in social justice movements.

In 2012, Fulton co-founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation, in honor of her son. The mission of the foundation is to educate the public on the dangers of gun violence and to teach gun safety. They host support groups for women who have lost family members to gun violence, have youth mentorship programs, and provide a college scholarship to a student who has lost a family member due to senseless gun violence. Ms. Fulton is also politically active. She has spoken at the Democratic National Convention, worked side by side with Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, and recently ran for office in Miami, Florida.

In an email to the Pingree community, Assistant Head of School for Instruction and Equity Dr. Zara Spooner expressed her excitement for Fulton’s speech, stating “her insight and perspective will greatly inform our ongoing community conversations." Ms. Fulton will be joining the Pingree community for a "fireside chat" on January 27, in a Zoom assembly where she will talk about her story and her activism with the theme "We Are All Trayvon."