Trayvon Martin To Receive Honorary Aviation Degree

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.

SANFORD, FL- JUNE 29: Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents to Trayvon Martin, sit in a Seminole County courtroom during the bond hearing for George Zimmerman on June 29, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

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.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28:  People along with New York City Council members attend a press conference to call for justice in the February 26 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on the steps of City Hall March 28, 2012 in New York City. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes.  (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

(Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

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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