Trayvon Martin's parents have signed a book deal with an expected January release date, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday. The teen who was shot and killed by a white man in Florida inspired the creation of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and his mother and father, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, want to make sure his story continues to live on.
“Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” will be published by Random House’s One World. "It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes and then to the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we’re still watching unfold five years later," editor Christopher Jackson said. "Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter."
Jackson said Martin's death was an emotional story. "It's not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it's also how that moment ignited this global movement,” he said.
Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and was acquitted of manslaughter in 2013. Zimmerman claimed he killed Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 in self-defense because the teenager slammed his head repeatedly against the sidewalk after Zimmerman pursued him for looking suspicious.
“If I had a son,” President Barack Obama famously said of the shooting, “he’d look like Trayvon.”
“Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” is expected to hit bookshelves Jan. 31, 2017, just a few days shy of what would have been Martin's 22nd birthday and three weeks prior to the fifth anniversary of the teen’s death.