Trayvon Martin's dad to speak at CSUB

Posted at 6:07 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 13:35:09-04

In the four years since the death of Trayvon Martin, his dad has taken to the national stage, touring the country speaking about the life of his son. 

On Tuesday, Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon, will be in Kern County speaking at Cal State Bakersfield.

Speaking on behalf of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Tracy Martin will speak at CSUB's Kegley Institute of Ethics' 30th annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture.

That lecture is set to take place start at 7 p.m. at the Icardo Center at CSUB. Admission and parking are free. 

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In 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman during a confrontation in Florida. 

Martin's death ignited protests across the country and helped start the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"My message to the world is that we won't let this verdict sum up who Trayvon was," Tracy Martin said in an interview shortly after the trial. "I vow to do everything in my power not to give up my fight for him."

“Trayvon’s death was but one in a sad series of shootings of unarmed young African-Americans in the United States,” noted Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics. “But it was key to motivating a new awareness of the depth of the problem. We are deeply proud to be able to bring Mr. Martin to the Bakersfield community and to help motivate local conversations on these important issues.”