The Trayvon Martin Foundation now has a home at Florida Memorial University.
The foundation was started by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the Miami Gardens teen who was shot and killed in 2012. Fulton is an alumna of the university. Her foundation works to raise awareness about the impact of violent crimes on families and communities. It’s a support system for people who have experienced tragedies.
Roslyn Artis, president of the Miami Gardens university, sees this as an opportunity to turn tragedy into education.
“As South Florida’s only historically black university, we really want to educate our students with a mind toward social justice,” says Artis. “We want them to be well educated, articulate advocates for positions that really benefit our community.”
Artis sees the foundation as one vehicle to engage students with conversations about the impacts of legislation and public policy, specifically the intersections of gun violence and racial profiling.
The foundation will teach conflict resolution in the community and provide counseling to families out of the second floor of FMU’s library.