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#19ForTrayvon Imagines What Trayvon Martin Could Have Achieved, On His Birthday

"At 19, everything seemed possible and life seemed infinite. It was like just being born."

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Colorlines began the hashtag.

Today would've been Trayvon Martin's 19th birthday. Tweet about what you did at age 19 & wish Trayvon were alive to do, using #19forTrayvon.

Colorlines.com@Colorlines

Today would've been Trayvon Martin's 19th birthday. Tweet about what you did at age 19 & wish Trayvon were alive to do, using #19forTrayvon.

11:01 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many joined in, telling short, poignant stories.

#19forTrayvon At 19 I joined the US Marine Corps and served my country for 4 years.... Trayvon would have made a fine Marine.... #RIP

Jai@001063

#19forTrayvon At 19 I joined the US Marine Corps and served my country for 4 years.... Trayvon would have made a fine Marine.... #RIP

12:30 PM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#19forTrayvon - At 19, everything seemed possible and life seemed infinite. It was like just being born.

monifabandele@monifabandele

#19forTrayvon - At 19, everything seemed possible and life seemed infinite. It was like just being born.

11:56 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was eating cheeseburgers and going to a movie for my 19th birthday. That's what should be happening at 19. #19forTrayvon @Colorlines

Maddy@citymaddy

I was eating cheeseburgers and going to a movie for my 19th birthday. That's what should be happening at 19. #19forTrayvon @Colorlines

11:05 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At 19, one special hoodie was my prized possession. Wore it proudly, not aware that it made me a target #19forTrayvon

Steven Jumper@StevenJumper

At 19, one special hoodie was my prized possession. Wore it proudly, not aware that it made me a target #19forTrayvon

01:15 PM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was a university student fumbling my way towards my true passions, towards making my mark in the world #19forTrayvon @colorlines

Lindz Marsh@lindzmarsh

I was a university student fumbling my way towards my true passions, towards making my mark in the world #19forTrayvon @colorlines

11:15 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Trayvon might've joined @Dreamdefenders or @BYP_100. He might've been fighting injustice rather that being the victim of one. #19forTrayvon

stacia l. brown@slb79

Trayvon might've joined @Dreamdefenders or @BYP_100. He might've been fighting injustice rather that being the victim of one. #19forTrayvon

11:26 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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At 19, I was afforded the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. #19forTrayvon @Colorlines

Jerdi@justjerdi

At 19, I was afforded the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. #19forTrayvon @Colorlines

11:09 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was singing in choir and playing soccer at 19, and wish Trayvon was alive to do what he loved. @Colorlines #19forTrayvon

Naima Shalhoub@naimashalhoub

I was singing in choir and playing soccer at 19, and wish Trayvon was alive to do what he loved. @Colorlines #19forTrayvon

11:23 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The tribute trended in the U.S. for a time Wednesday.

Trend Alert: #19forTrayvon. More trends at http://t.co/IvleifTamy #trndnl

Trendinalia USA@trendinaliaUS

Trend Alert: #19forTrayvon. More trends at http://t.co/IvleifTamy #trndnl

11:47 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At 19 I was organizing my first Take Back The Night Rally @Colorlines #19ForTrayvon

Mabinty@MabintyQ

At 19 I was organizing my first Take Back The Night Rally @Colorlines #19ForTrayvon

11:43 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At 19, I participated in a hunger strike with students and workers to support security guards on campus @Colorlines #19forTrayvon

José Olivarez@JayOhEssEe

At 19, I participated in a hunger strike with students and workers to support security guards on campus @Colorlines #19forTrayvon

11:54 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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At 19 I was in college, often the only Black man in my classes, pushing the boundary to not be 1/3 Black folks incarcerated. #19forTrayvon

Dante Barry@dantebarry

At 19 I was in college, often the only Black man in my classes, pushing the boundary to not be 1/3 Black folks incarcerated. #19forTrayvon

12:13 PM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Happy Birthday Trayvon. Thinking about all the things my dad did after 18. #19forTrayvon... http://t.co/HgNGVNxUqi

Jacqueline Keeler@jfkeeler

Happy Birthday Trayvon. Thinking about all the things my dad did after 18. #19forTrayvon... http://t.co/HgNGVNxUqi

11:52 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To many, the messages were bittersweet.

I'm so conflicted reading the #19forTrayvon tweets. Beautiful thread, but incredibly sobering to see the possibilities Trayvon missed out on

Jerdi@justjerdi

I'm so conflicted reading the #19forTrayvon tweets. Beautiful thread, but incredibly sobering to see the possibilities Trayvon missed out on

11:34 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

”How do you grieve?” “You celebrate a person’s life by living your life fully.” - @AsraNomani #19forTrayvon

Colorlines.com@Colorlines

”How do you grieve?”
“You celebrate a person’s life by living your life fully.” - @AsraNomani #19forTrayvon

11:52 AM - 5 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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