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Rest in Power ✼ [EPUB] ✴ Rest in Power By Sybrina Fulton ❆ – Trayvon Martin s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement On a February evening Trayvon Martin s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement On a February evening in in a small town in central Florida seventeen year old Trayvon Martin was walking home Rest in PDF/EPUB ² with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released Trayvon's father a truck driver named Tracy tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored Trayvon's mother a civil servant for the city of Miami was paralyzed by the news of her son's death and lost in mourning unable to leave her room for days But in a matter of weeks their son's name would be spoken by President Obama honored by professional athletes and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon's parents who driven by their intense love for their lost son discovered their voices gathered allies and launched a movement that would change the country Five years after his tragic death Travyon Martin's name is still evoked every day He has become a symbol of social justice activism as has his hauntingly familiar image the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera But who was Trayvon Martin before he became in death an icon And how did one black child s death on a dark rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade Rest in Power told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin answers for the first time those uestions from the most intimate of sources It s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning Advance praise for Rest in PowerNot since Emmitt Till has a parent's love for a murdered child moved the nation to search its soul about racial injustice and ineuality Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's extraordinary witness indomitable spirit and unwavering demand for change have altered the dynamics of racial justice discourse in this country This powerful book illuminates the witness the grief and the commitment to reform that Trayvon Martin's death has mobilized; it is a story fueled by a demand for justice but rooted in love Bryan Stevenson author of Just Mercy As the fifth anniversary of this tragic crime nears Fulton and Martin share a remarkably candid and deeply affecting in the moment chronicle of the explosive aftermath of the murder Writing in alternate chapters they share every detail of their shock grief and grueling uest for justice Given the unconscionable shooting deaths of young black men many by police that followed Trayvon's this galvanizing testimony from parents who channeled their sorrow into action offers a deeply humanizing perspective on the crisis propelling a national movement Booklist starred review.

10 thoughts on “Rest in Power

  1. Taryn Taryn says:

    Five years ago a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen year old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back to the residence he was staying at with his father The shooter was uickly released but Trayvon's parents fought to have him tried in a court of law We’re not looking for revenge We’re looking for justice—the same justice anyone would expect if their son were shot and killed for no reason” They won their day in court and the battle played out in both in the media and the courtroom The shooter maintained he was acting in self defense The trial lasted twenty four days and ended with a not guilty verdict“We’re going to stand up for justice and stand up for what’s right This is not a black and white thing This is about a right and wrong thing” Sybrina Fulton The chapters alternate between the writing of Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton and his father Tracy Martin They've been divorced for many years but they maintain a close relationship and have supported each other during this tragedy There's occasional overlap in their stories but it was helpful to read both their perspectives Most of the book is devoted to the time period between the evening of Trayvon's death on February 26 2012 to the verdict on July 13 2013 They give us a complete portrait of the son that never had the chance to grow into adulthood an adventurous young man who had an interest in aviation It's very thorough giving a clear picture of what was happening at the time as well as their reactions I thought it was surprisingly candid given the parental perspective They write about the difficult uestions asked during the deposition and Sybrina talks about the painful realization that the state hadn't proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt They address many of the controversies and rumors that arose including the pictures used by the media Trayvon's texting history and the controversial testimony of their star witness Rachel Jeantel “Can’t you understand that none of this would be going on if they simply would have treated George Zimmerman like they would have treated Trayvon Martin?” Benjamin L Crump the family's lawyer at town hall meeting with Sanford mayor So many out of the ordinary events lined up to result in this tragedy There are so many uestions that will never be answered The altercation happened on a rainy evening which muddied the eyewitness accounts which are already notoriously unreliable Of the two people who know exactly what happened only the shooter is alive to tell their account Trayvon's parents describe their journey to find answers and get justice the building of a movement to bring the case to trial gratitude for the opportunity to have their case heard their personal reactions to the grueling legal process frustrations with the prosecution's strategy the sinking feeling of defeat and their efforts to help others who have gone through similar tragedies While the media coverage played a large part in the pressure to bring the case to trial having their personal tragedy becoming national news also had a negative side There were vicious attacks on the characters of Trayvon and his parents and passionate support for the shooter False stories and mischaracterizations still circulate about the case and distract from the central issues Race was the elephant in the room a white man—or at least a white identified man—killed a black kid So it wasn’t surprising to me that so much of the coverage approached it from that angle It worried me though Because we knew that once it became a racial issue once it was than the plain and simple act of a kid walking home shot dead—people were going to be divided Once you throw race into the euation mothers in the white community that could identify with Sybrina’s pain of losing a child are left to choose am I loyal to my motherhood or am I loyal to my race? They would likely never put it in those terms themselves but I’d lived through enough events—like the O J Simpson case—where at some point people stop caring about the truth or the complications all they care about is whether you’re on team Black or team White Tracy Martin If Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things made an impact on you I recommend reading this book Rest in Power is a real life account of how far lawyers will go to avoid mentioning race and how damaging the conseuences of mentioning it can be in the courtroom and the court of public opinion It also addresses racial prejudice in jury pools and the challenges of ensuring a fair trial There was a sickening moment during jury selection where a potential juror stated that Trayvon would be alive today if his father was involved in his life” a statement that was clearly based on prejudice and speculation rather than fact In terms of the initial investigation it seems that the police made assumptions about what type of this case was and it wasn't as fully investigated as it could have been The shooter was taken at his word despite the suspicions of the investigating detective And then finally I think it's going to be important for all of us to do some soul searching Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character? That would I think be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy” President Barack Obama July 19 2013 I jumped at the opportunity to read this book because I've never stopped thinking about this case We have no way of knowing exactly what happened that night but it seems very clear that there was ample opportunity for that evening not to end with Trayvon Martin's death While I was already familiar with most of the details on a surface level it was enlightening to read the parents' perspectives and it brought me to tears several times It had me crying from the introduction Unfortunately this story does not stop with Trayvon Stories like his have made the news freuently including the murder of Jordan Davis his killer is currently serving life without parole after a retrial Trayvon's parents continue to keep their son's name alive through the Trayvon Martin Foundation an organization that works to prevent similar tragedies from happening and offers support to those who've been affected by gun violence I received this book for free from NetGalley and Spiegel Grau in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review It’s available now

  2. Brandice Brandice says:

    Six and a half years ago Trayvon Martin was murdered A 17 year old walking home in the rain on a Sunday night in late February wearing a hoodie with a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea His killer George Zimmerman racist liar and neighborhood watch “captain” “ After a year and a half of searching for answers and demanding justice in the killing of our son the man who admitted to shooting Trayvon was found not guilty of second degree murder Not guilty of manslaughter Not guilty of anything Those two words felt burned into my brain—Not Guilty—and forever pierced my heart”While not forgotten reading Rest In Power The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin brought back many of the feelings I initially had following this case all over again Disappointment Infuriation Sadness Anger Rest in Power is written in first person perspective by Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fuller and Tracy Martin The courage and strength of these two is impressive Sitting stoically composed in a courtroom day after day in close proximity to their son’s killer spewing shit that’s obviously untrue I do not shed tears lightly This book made me teary at multiple points as I read it I’m not a parent and I cannot imagine losing a child at all but especially to something so wrong and then having to watch the murderer walk free It’s unreal and wildly unfair No prom No HS graduation No college No marriage No children of his own These are all things a racist prick took away from a 17 year old kid and his family for absolutely No reason “ His is the story of a life cut tragically short but it’s also the story of a boy who in death became a symbol a beacon and a mirror in which a whole nation came to see its reflection It’s the story of a young life that at its seeming end was transfigured into something else The truth is that my son took his last breath and that will never change The hole in my heart will never heal They say when an adult dies you bury the past; when a child dies you bury the future But though his physical life ended he isn’t yet finished leaving his mark on the world And so I will never stop saying his name and telling others the story of his life and his death and all that followed His spirit lives on and even his death may yet be redeemed”It’s unfortunate that this happened and that it’s not an isolated incident The number of shootings of young African American men in particular is alarming as is the lack of justice in so many of these incidents It’s admirable that Sybrina and Tracy and others find the strength to carry on in the fight after all they’ve been through Amidst the heartbreaking tragedy it’s inspiring

  3. Tiffany Reads Tiffany Reads says:

    I literally have no words for this book I finished the last sentence and simply stared at my kindle then at the wall and then back at my kindle Devastating Frustrating Heartbreaking Those are the first three words I thought of to describe this retelling of events from his parent's point of view If you want an inside look at how police stations and trials work then you should pick up this book If you're in denial that racial profiling does exist in this country and that victims are made out to be the villains then you should pick up this book If you're a person of color and you think that we have passed the time of lynchings in this country then you should pick up this book Everyone and I mean everyone should read this book The strength Trayvon Martin's parents displayed and still continue to display is unbelievable and inspiring

  4. Erin Erin says:

    On February 26 2012 17 year old Trayvon Martin was executed for the crime of walking while black by a person with a history of violence including assaulting a police officer George Zimmerman is Child Killer and he is free to walk the streetsWhat Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin experienced was horrific and unimaginable In Rest in Power Trayvon's parents take you on a nearly moment by moment walk through learning of the brutal slaying of their baby boy through the trial and its aftermath This book was well written and extremely hard to read emotionally I highly recommend this book

  5. Rachel León Rachel León says:

    45 stars rounded up because this book destroyed me I remember when I first heard about Trayvon Martin and was saddened and enraged by this story of injustice Shortly after I attended a Million Hoodie March event which ignited a Anti Racism Network in my city I became involved in that organization which is still active in one of the local housing projects and works with residents and law enforcement to promote peace and nonviolence Trayvon Martin's story isn't the first of its kind and it certainly hasn't been the last but what happened to Trayvon sparked a movement and helped wake up America to how much racism and injustice still persists today The impact lives on like with the organization in my communityWhen I found out Trayvon's parents wrote a book I knew it would be a gut punch but also that I had to read it From the first sentence I had tears in my throat In the days I read this book I was always on the verge of crying because Trayvon's story has always stayed with me and this book brought it to life in a whole new way I know Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's story will stay with me for a long time The book is written by both Trayvon's mother and father told in alternating chapters and follows the aftermath and trial The writing isn't always spectacular but the tone and story are heart wrenching and extraordinary The book is both difficult to read and put down Overall it's a very strong portrayal of the tragedy behind Trayvon's death and George Zimmerman's trial and I'd argue essential reading

  6. Sharon Metcalf Sharon Metcalf says:

    Living in Australia I was not aware of the Trayvon Martin case   Having just finished reading  Rest In Power the book written by Trayvon's parents Sybrina Fulton Tracy Martin following his senseless death in 2012 I have a strong desire to know    Trayvon was a 17 year old African American boy walking from the local shop and returning to the home he was staying at when he was shot and killed by the Neighbourhood Watchman  The book tells of Sybrina Tracy's experiences in learning of their sons death and subseuently trying to bring justice for him   As a mother I couldn't begin to imagine the horrors they had experienced the anger the sorrow     It made for heartbreaking reading     Several passages brought me close to tears but there were a couple that really stood out for me    Whilst it may have appeared to be an example of racial profiling  that lead to his murder  Sybrina indicated it was not about black and white but about right and wrong      Toward the end of the book they uoted President Obama's words spoken at a press conference after the verdict was passed    His words made me admire the man who has just finished his term as American President and somewhat fearful of what might transpire under the new one     As I was reading I was impatient to know the outcome of the trial  This was indeed a powerful and moving story   I felt their frustration and was inspired by their faith and their willingness to turn their loss into an opportunity to help others    I admired what they set out to achieve I hope they are successful and trust that five years on they are finding a way to fill the gap left by the loss of their beloved sonMany thanks to the publisher Spiegel Grau together with NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review

  7. Adam Adam says:

    As emotionally difficult it was to read this book especially in public places I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for these parents to relive their most tragic moments in writing this book I'm glad they did This is essential reading Rest in Power tells the story not just of parents who overcame the brutal murder of their child but of two human beings who somehow channeled their immense sorrow into creating social change in the name of their son only days after his death With Trump going from crisis to crisis I've noticed less coverage of police brutality mass incarceration and other cases of systemic oppression of Black Americans in the media And it's not that there's been less cases of police brutality since Trump took office in fact uite the opposite Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's call to action in writing Rest in Power could not have come at a better time

  8. Maureen Maureen says:

    I have seen other reviewers of this book say how hard it is to criticize these parents' book about the unfathomable loss of their young son and I agree it is hard to be critical of what is essentially the diary of these two grieving parents However I found this book tediously repetitive I did not find the characterization of Rachel Jeantel's testimony to be accurate in the least I watched this young woman's testimony live and it was an unmitigated disaster To blame it on anything other than her behavior is not credible The fact is Trayvon Martin was murdered and his death shattered his family I cannot imagine how that feels for his family and friends Their love for their treasured son is evident throughout the pages of this book I wish his loved ones peace in their lives and I hope that being able to speak their truth in the pages of this book helped them to some extent

  9. Burneeka Y Tindale Burneeka Y Tindale says:

    This book is very heartbreaking It gave me anxiety to hear the story told by the parents It was genius they way the book was written If I had a tough experience reading the accounts of what happened to Trayvon Martin five years ago then I know it must have been hard writing it Great Book

  10. MyLoveAffairWithTheWrittenWord MyLoveAffairWithTheWrittenWord says:

    Trayvon Martin certainly wasn't the first young unarmed black man to be gunned down and sadly he most likely will not be the last but what sets his story apart is that his death became the catalyst for great social change and fights for injustice Trayvon was a remarkable young man walking that fine line between boyhood and adulthood; he loved his parents he loved his friends and sure he got into the usual teenage mischief honestly who hasn't? but he was by no means a danger to anyone That made it all the infuriating and baffling when wannabe cop and neighborhood watchdog George Zimmerman decided to take it upon himself to hunt and kill Trayvon simply because he racially profiled him as a thug and one of those assholes who always gets away Despite what should have been an open and shut case of first degree murder the authorities only detained Zimmerman for a short period of time and seemed to focus of their attention on running background checksdrug and alcohol screens on TRAYVON you know the CHILD who had just been MURDERED The man who wielded the gun wasn't looked into at all and later on when he WAS looked into it was discovered that he had a long history of violence and assault charges Instead of being given time to grieve Trayvon's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin had to focus their attention on pressuring authorities to arrest and prosecute Zimmerman And unfortunately we all know how that turned out While there are some people who claim race had nothing to do with this case I would be inclined to point out their naivety and list all the reasons why it WAS From the way the media covered the story to the pathetic excuse of a trial Trayvon was the one who was portrayed as the thug the bad guy despite being armed that fateful evening with nothing but a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles Fulton and Martin have been devoting every waking moment of their lives since their son's death fighting injustice giving speeches and challenging the ridiculous Stand Your Ground law that Zimmerman hid behind like the coward that he was Their persistence and relentlessness are nothing short of admirable If the story of Trayvon Martin and what happened to him doesn't tear at your heart infuriate you and drive you to take action then you might not be human Rest in power Trayvon

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