Next Saturday, Florida Memorial University will award a posthumous degree to Trayvon Martin, five years after the black teen was shot dead by a neighbourhood watchman.
At the ceremony, Trayvon’s parents will accept a degree in aeronautical science on his behalf. A university spokesperson notes that “we want to honour the 17 year old’s ambition to become a pilot before he died in 2012.” His 2012 death sparked the beginning of The Black Lives Matter Movement.
Roslyn Clark, the university’s president, announced on Facebook that the school was honouring Mr Martin for “his long dream and the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot”.
Trayvon’s mother noted on Facebook that “In 1997 I graduated from FMU with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Mass Communications. It’s now 20 years later & now my son #TrayvonMartin will receive his Bachelors in Aviation, something he loved.”
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