This February, the Chicago Humanities Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Chicago Urban League will present Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the mother and father of Trayvon Martin, for an intimate two-night discussion about the life of their son, the process of grieving in the national spotlight, their efforts to see justice served, and how they coped when justice was denied.
Not a day passes in America where Trayvon Martin’s name is not evoked. For many, Martin’s death at the hands of an armed neighborhood vigilante is the definitive miscarriage of justice in our time, one that sparked a renewed, national conversation on equity and justice for people of color in America.
Tickets for both events go on sale January 4th.
“The Chicago Humanities Festival is pleased to welcome Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin for a discussion about the life of their son and what he has come to mean for so many people here in Chicago and across the country,” says Phillip Bahar, Executive Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival. “They have handled the tragedy of their son’s death with grace and we appreciate their willingness to share their unique wisdom.”
Five years after Trayvon’s tragic death, his parents are touring the country with their memoir, Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a reflection on the personal tragedy behind their son’s death and the political transformations he – and they – inspired.
“We are pleased and honored to host this important and timely event. The DuSable is the nation’s oldest independent African American History museum whose mission is to educate, enlighten and promote dialogue on issues affecting our community, and today that mission is more important than ever. The killing of Trayvon Martin and the story of his family’s strength and courage is a central part of this dialogue and exemplifies African Americans’ ongoing struggle for justice and equality in America” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum.
“The Chicago Urban League is honored to lend its voice to such a critical conversation,” said Shari Runner, President and CEO. “As we honor the life of Trayvon, we are also presented with a unique opportunity to highlight the racial prejudice and inequality that continues to promulgate countless instances of injustice against people of color in Chicago and across the country.”