I am not the mother of a son nor do I have any children, but I have such empathy for Sybrina Fulton. I was devastated as so many Americans were and people around the world when the verdict was read in the Trayvon Martin case. As the verdict was being read, I held my breath and prayed, but in my heart I knew there would not be a guilty verdict in this case. I felt so many raw emotions after I heard the words…NOT GUILTY. I was disgusted, saddened and felt completely helpless. My heart broke for Trayvon’s mother and for the entire Martin family and it still does.
Another thing that touched my heart and embraced my soul was paying witness to all of those beautiful people of all ages and races standing as one against the injustice of that verdict at the numerous rallies held around the country.
In my work, I often write about the loss of a child by an act of violence. It is a common theme because it seems I am always hearing or reading about a child being murdered or abducted every time I turn on my television to watch the news. It wasn’t until I listened to Sybrina Fulton speak at the Urban League luncheon that I realized the true depth of this tragedy. It has taken a toll on her and has devastated her but it has not broken her spirit. Her faith has been strengthened and she is a stronger person.
I was amazed by her inner strength, grace and poise. I admire her strength and devotion to her faith. She is a very strong woman and my newest hero. I admire her for still standing strong after the horrors she has endured and for still having the fight within her to demand justice for her son.
I can only imagine how horrible it feels for her to never be able to see her son again and never be able to see the wonderful man he would have become. How can a mother live without being able to day goodbye to her son? I can only imagine the pain and anguish she felt when she got that devastating telephone call informing her that her son was dead.
She says she is walking a new journey in life with the guidance of God. I feel we all must walk that journey with her and take a stand against injustice…Her words touched my soul and I will never forget them…"My message to you is, please use my story, please use my tragedy, please use my broken heart to say to yourself, "We cannot let this happen to anybody else's child..."
I was so proud of her when she said…"the verdict will NOT define Trayvon Martin...We will define his legacy…”
When I first learned about Trayvon’s murder, I wrote a poem about him called Justice For Trayvon and included in my book, Echoes of My Soul that was published by Casa de Snapdragon earlier this year. The recent rallies for Trayvon held around the country have inspired me to write more poems about Trayvon and the travesty of the jury’s verdict. In addition, it gave me a new sense of hope. I pray that there will be federal charges brought against Trayvon Martin’s murderer, and I pray for the day when there will finally be justice given to Trayvon and his dear family…