Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 24th birthday, but instead of his mother celebrating the milestone she is forever marred by the tragedy of his death that occurred only a few weeks later. Trayvon’s death, by the hands of overzealous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, polarized the nation and gave birth to the modern civil rights movement #BlackLivesMatter. Trayvon is no longer with us, but his murder will be in history books forever.
Celebrities, fans and friends have taken to social media to remember him on this day, February 5, when racism is still alive and well. Coincidentally on a day when White actor Liam Neeson is defending statements that he went out seeking to be threatened by a Black man so he could kill them.
See what the social sphere remembers about Trayvon.
Today would have been Trayvon Martin's 24th birthday. pic.twitter.com/HUTxZirdPP— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 5, 2019
Wishing a Happy Birthday to our Brother Trayvon Martin who would’ve turned 24 today. RIP. pic.twitter.com/xsYbclHmSn— COMMON (@common) February 5, 2019
Happy Birthday, Trayvon Martin!— Steven James (@TheLaunchMag) February 5, 2019
We won't forget! pic.twitter.com/8qIVBc1wvu
Trayvon Martin was killed by a man walking round looking to kill a black man...— AML (@aml_12_18) February 5, 2019
Trayvon Martin should have turned 24 today. His memory will always live in our hearts and our movement for justice. pic.twitter.com/W3M7CbRQ4i— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 5, 2019
Trayvon Martin should have been 24 years old today. pic.twitter.com/9xuTgq70ei— Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) February 5, 2019
Remembering #TrayvonMartin, who would have turned 24 today. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” #MLK90 #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/7vwK1Cbhk1— The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (@TheKingCenter) February 5, 2019
Today Trayvon Martin should be turning 24. This is one milestone on a long list of "should haves" Trayvon will never get to enjoy— CiCi Adams🌸 (@CiCiAdams_) February 5, 2019
We honor him by continuing to fight for justice, the fight for Black boys & girls — with purpose & intentionality, w/ love & courage. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/kKKFoPxfJc
We are discussing Liam Neeson’s comment about wanting to kill any Black person the same time of Trayvon Martin’s Birthday.— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) February 5, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Trayvon Martin, you should be here celebrating your 24th birthday with your family & friends - the world remembers & celebrates you Young King! Your birthday is fitting to be during #BlackHistoryMonth. We will NEVER forget you #TrayvonMartin! #BlackLivesMatter ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/qHTZX0oJ7u— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) February 5, 2019
I see debates denouncing the dangers of MAGA hats— “it’s just an article of clothing,” I hear. Trayvon Martin could be debating this with the world on his— Jordan Richardson (@JJRich91) February 5, 2019
24th Birthday today, but he isn’t— because his hoodie WAS dangerous. Rest in Power 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/0M9798ZqI2
The actual announcement of the verdict triggered a number of mostly peaceful demonstrations in several cities across the United States, with the ‘hoodie’ sweatshirt becoming a key symbol of the protests. So today, I remember Trayvon Martin.#BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/rhBAIiuJnV— Memej (@Memej99) February 5, 2019