Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks at Oregon State on MLK Jr. Day

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks at Oregon State University on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (Photo: OSU)

As millions celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, hundreds of students at Oregon State University heard from Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, as part of the school's MLK Day event.

Her 17-year-old son was killed in 2012 after Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman reported a suspicious person in the area and ended up shooting Trayvon.

The killing sparked outrage across the country.

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder.

Fulton said that instead of remaining depressed and angry over the shooting of her son, she's decided to speak to audiences to try and stop people from hating, and teaching everyone to be more tolerant.

"We can't continue to shoot and kill people at a high school, at a mall, at movies. We can’t continue to do these things and call ourselves humans," she told the OSU audience. "We have to change our ways, we have to change our mindset, we have to change the way we are thinking."

Fulton created a foundation named in honor of Trayvon. Its goal is to preach peace with police, offer college scholarships and fund early childhood education.

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