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A Return to Howard Law

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, returned to Howard University School of Law on Monday, September 23, 2013 two months after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of the second-degree murder of her son. Fulton was accompanied by her attorney Benjamin Crump.

Both thanked the students and guests of Howard Law School for the outpouring of support, both after the death of Trayvon Martin and after the not-guilty verdict handed down to Zimmerman. “We are back at Howard Law School because this is where it all began,” said Fulton, who received a standing ovation from the audience.

Howard Law School Okianer Christian Dark shared with the family and the audience how support for the Martin family had not waned since the verdict. She recounted the efforts of two Howard law alumni and students who engaged in a letter writing campaign to Ms. Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon’s friend and the last person he spoke with.

The letters were written to encourage and support the young woman. Over 100 letters were collected, Dark said. Dark also invited alumna Tiffany Lindsay, class of 2011, to recite a poem, entitled Stand, written in part, in Trayvon’s memory.

Attorney Crump spoke about the need for continued activism and civic responsibility to advocate for a change in laws of any kind. “Trayvon couldn’t vote,” said Crump. “So we have to vote for him. We have to make our voices heard through our elected officials,” he said.

The program was sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Criminal Law Society of the School of Law.

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