VINCENNES, Ind. – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will give
the keynote address at the Black History Month Kickoff Celebration
hosted by Vincennes University on Tuesday, Feb. 4., at 6 p.m. EST in
the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.
“It is very important that Sybrina Fulton is visiting not only our
campus but the Vincennes community,” VU Director of Multicultural
Affairs Cortney Cross said. “This is the year of the presidential
election and I think it is very important to hear how Sybrina's
message relates not only to this election but everyday life, period.
We hope to hear her speak about leadership and how students can
steward their college years for social advocacy and change. Sybrina's
visit to campus displays our commitment to lifelong learning - from
academic to social life.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. A reception will follow Fulton’s presentation.
The Red Skelton Performing Arts Center is located at 20 W. Red
Skelton Blvd. located on the VU campus.
About Sybrina Fulton
Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy
into social change. Since the death of her 17-year-old son, Trayvon
Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an
inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the
country. Her book co-authored with Tracy Martin, Rest in Power: The
Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, shares the intimate story of a
tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement that awoke a
The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial
catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense
struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by
turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial
and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence
towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.
Her message not only appeals to people’s hearts as it relates to
children, but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her
personal experiences and endeavors. As a mother, she inspires
audiences to continuously educate their children about civil rights
and to help them feel accepted as part of an ever-changing society. An
honest and relatable speaker, Fulton always looks forward sharing her
powerful message with everyone from colleges and legal professionals
to community and family organizations, and all other proponents of
A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University,
where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. A proud mother,
Fulton worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for
over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of
Miami Gardens. Currently, Fulton is running for office in Miami-Dade.
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
Information Director 812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
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