Vincennes University to kick off Black History Month with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin

Vincennes University to kick off Black History Month with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin

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January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020 / Vincennes University to kick off Black History Month with Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin

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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.

The event, which is sponsored by the Department of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities, is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at

“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 nation’s conscience.

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 social justice.

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.


Cortney Cross

Director of Multicultural Affairs

Vincennes University

Office: 812-888-5886


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