Video | Sybrina Fulton: “Please Use My Story, Please Use My Tragedy, Please Use My Broken Heart …

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, holds up a card with a photo of her son as she speaks at the National Urban League’s annual conference, Friday, July 26, 2013, in Philadelphia.
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Watch her impassioned speech here too.


“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.”




This song really speaks to me when Sybrina said ” Please, use my BROKEN HEART.”

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  2. Trayvon Martin’s parents to join National Bar for news conference,0,6440417.story

    The National Bar Association will hold a news conference Monday in South Florida to discuss legal issues surrounding the George Zimmerman trial and the implications of the stand-your-ground law.

    Trayvon Martin’s parents, along with their attorney, Benjamin Crump, association President John E. Page and religious leaders will attend the news conference.

    It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

    The National Bar Association blasted the not-guilty verdict in Zimmerman’s case in a previous statement.

    “We are extremely disappointed by the verdict in the case of State of Florida v. George Zimmerman. As lawyers we respect the rule of law, but in this instance the Zimmerman verdict sadly highlights the continued injustices Black Americans face in the U.S. legal system,” a NBA statement said after the July 13 verdict in Sanford.

    The association is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges.

    The news conference will be held during the organization’s 88th annual convention.

    Six Seminole County residents returned a not-guilty verdict in Zimmerman’s murder trial on July 13, setting off protests and calls for criminal-justice reforms across the country.

    Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling, pursuing and killing Trayvon in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.

    Zimmerman, then a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, said he shot Trayvon in self-defense after the unarmed Miami Gardens teen attacked him.

    “The verdict,” Page said in a statement. “says an unarmed college-bound Black teen can be profiled, stalked, confronted and killed by an armed neighborhood watchman with hollow tip point bullets. We express our heartfelt condolences to Trayvon Martin’s family on this tragic verdict. We also say ‘Enough is Enough – It is NOT OK to kill our youth’.”

  3. George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin and the strange case of disappearing empathy

    So, George Zimmerman was scared the night he shot Trayvon Martin through the heart. Know who else was probably pretty scared that night? Trayvon Martin.

    Surprised I’m asking? Me too. But it seems like a lot of people haven’t thought much about that.

    Obviously, Trayvon isn’t here to tell us how he felt. He’s dead. And a lot of folks disregarded Rachel Jeantel’s account of him being afraid even though she was the last person to hear Trayvon speak (besides Zimmerman). She heard his fear through the phone. She heard him try to run away. He was scared.

    And yet there’s a disturbing silence in public discussion about it.

    What in the hell is going on?

    Why is it so hard to imagine that a teenager walking home at night would be afraid if a strange, angry-looking guy started following him? A bigger, older, guy in a truck.

    Why is it so hard for some people to understand his fear escalating when the angry guy got out of the truck and confronted him? Why is it so hard to imagine how his fear must have rocketed skyward when the angry guy brandished his gun? (Of course, he brandished it or showed it somehow. How else would Trayvon even know it was there on a dark and rainy night?)

    Why can’t we put ourselves or our children in Trayvon Martin’s tennis shoes? Because Zimmerman was what every parent regardless of race in America warns a child about, “stranger danger” with a gun.

    So how come half the country identifies with Zimmerman? Why can’t we universally empathize with a scared kid who was being followed by an armed stranger?

    Because the racial trigger got tripped, minds went dark and hearts followed.

  4. roderick2012 says:

    I love and respect what Sybrina is doing but I worry about her mental and emotional health and can’t but wonder if she is avoiding the grieving process by maintaining these constant engagements.

    I hope she takes off at least a month to really grieve Trayvon’s death and the unjust verdict and sees a therapist at least three times a week so she can vent and reflect.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Michael Skolnik ✔ @MichaelSkolnik

    It’s not only that 35 yrs ago Barack could have been Trayvon, it is also that in 35 yrs from now Trayvon Martin could have been Barack Obama
    10:56 PM – 24 Jul 2013

    • Xena says:

      That is a powerful statement.
      We know that Zimmerman has no future whatsoever. He will always be known as a murderer set free by a jury who uses their ignorance and stupidity as excuse for rendering their verdict.

  6. rikyrah says:


    She needs to be slapped in the mouth. I watched this interview and realized that Juror B29 was chosen for her flagrant gullability. There is no way that any clear-minded Black or Latino person in Florida (especially one with *children*) didn’t follow the Trayvon Martin case from the beginning; so whatever token the prosecution okay’d was destined to be some addled-brained idiot who didn’t bother paying attention to a young black child’s murder at the hands of a racist. They didn’t even have to threatene her; Maddy believed them when they gave her their interpretation of the law and voted Zimmerman not guilty. Now she wants to cry about it, girl please.

  7. rikyrah says:


    This is why it’s driving me crazy that almost no one is pointing out that per B29, the jury’s view of the law is completely wrong. They didn’t follow the law at all. Totally understand why Sybrina wants SYG gone because it did create conditions for her son’s murder. But wish that the point was being made that the jury can’t hide behind “the law” to justify themselves because they didn’t follow it.

    • rikyrah says:


      What ties her together with B37 is a refusal to see Trayvon and his parents as the victims with no equivalent. To B37 Zimmerman’s as much of a victim as Trayvon. To B29 she herself’s been as victimized (by her horrendous decision to co-sign a clearly erroneous reading of the law) as the child’s mother. To me this indicates a lack of true and abiding empathy. “We’re the real victims here!” is a false equivalence used to diminish or limit the real pain of people who have really been victimized. B29 is suffering due to her own decisions and acts; Trayvon did NOTHING to deserve what happened to him and nether did his parents. Utter travesty of justice and no the law didn’t force her to do it.

  8. Ametia says:



    • racerrodig says:

      Count me in. This woman is the epitome of dignity. How many times do we see the members of the victims family screaming how much they hate the killer, and rightfully so, but Trayvon’s parents are true class acts.

      Look at the crap Robbies the Racist spewed when he heard about the (fake) life saving ventures of FogenPhoole. he had to throwe in that “…irregardless of race or color…” shit, just had to do it Now we find they’re lying about it…..hey let me tell ya all how I saved 1,000,000 poor Vietnamese kids from certain death……..then took them all in and mentored them…..Hey, it could happen.

    • Xena says:

      @Ametia. I’m in.

  9. My heart bleeds profusely. So wounded!

    Give us strength, Lord!

  10. Ametia says:

    Anyone connected with the Zimmerman murder trial and say the verdict was just, and you are going out in front of the tv cameras saying you” feel” Sybrina’s pain for the murder of her son….. GTFOH!

  11. rikyrah says:

    I can’t admire or respect Ms. Fulton too much.

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