Trayvon Martin's mother to speak at Oregon State's Martin Luther King Jr. Day event

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The mother of Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was shot and killed in Florida by a white neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, will be speaking at the Oregon State University campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Martin’s death became a rallying cry for millions seeking justice for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen.

The ensuing trial for his shooter, George Zimmerman, became a national debate. Zimmerman was later acquitted of all charges in the shooting.

In the years that followed, Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton co-authored a book about her son. She’s now a spokesperson for turning family tragedy into social change.

She will be hosting a talk at OSU on January 21 as part of a celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The talk will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Austin Auditorium in the LaSells Steward Center. You can get tickets for free through the school’s website.

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