People on social media honored Trayvon Martin on what would have been his 25th birthday on Wednesday, poignantly vowing that they would “never forget” the 17-year-old high school student who lived in Miami Gardens, Florida.
On Feb. 26, 2012, a few weeks after his birthday, Martin was fatally shot by a volunteer neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, who confronted Martin in a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, where the teen was staying with his father.
Zimmerman reported Martin to the police, describing the unarmed Black teenager as “suspicious,” before he began following Martin after a dispatcher told him not to.
Twitter was flooded with people honoring Martin’s life on Wednesday:
Today would have been #TrayvonMartin’s 25th birthday. He was, in many ways, this generation’s Emmett Till. I did a podcast last summer w/ pilot Barrington Irving, who called Trayvon one of his most promising students —> https://t.co/6QIrTDMHUQ
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 5, 2020
In addition to his regular classes, Trayvon attended the George T. Baker Aviation School and studied with Barrington Irving, the first black person to pilot a plane around the world solo.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 5, 2020
#TrayvonMartin should be 25 today. Instead, the man who killed him is a constant reminder that we live in an era of cruel and stupid disregard for common sense human dignity.
Today, let’s look to the people who work to make us better. In his name. https://t.co/ktZ6Hl14x6
— Phillip Atiba Goff (@DrPhilGoff) February 5, 2020
Trayvon Martin was killed at age 17. Today would have been his 25th birthday.
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) February 5, 2020
Black history month can be so painful for us. We celebrate our progress, our heroes, and those who were stolen from us all at the same time.
— Isaac Bryan (@ib2_real) February 5, 2020