Tracy Martin Wants “Trayvon Martin Act” Added To Stand Your Ground Laws For “Black Boys” In America

He also gave details about the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which seeks to advocate against senseless crime and gun violence, mentor boys and educate about Florida laws.

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Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy gives opening remarks at the inaugural Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys

Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin spoke to the first ever meeting of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, about his slain son and his steadfast refusal to let his legacy be a negative one.

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Trayvon’s Martin father says TM Foundation will advocate against senseless crime & gun violence, mentor boys & educate about Florida laws.

4. He thanked President Obama for his comments Friday afternoon about his son’s death. “It really touched home,” Martin said.

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5. He spoke of the negativity since the verdict:

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Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father: To have his name slandered, as a father my message is: We won’t let this verdict sum up who Trayvon was.

6. Martin said, “the greatest gift a woman can give to a man is a son.”

NOW: Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, to Congressional Black Caucus: "I always said that Trayvon was my hero, he saved my life."

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NOW: Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy, to Congressional Black Caucus: “I always said that Trayvon was my hero, he saved my life.”

7. Martin family lawyer Benjamin Crump talked the “Trayvon Martin Act” being added as an amendment to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

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He said while lawmakers should discuss the details, the idea would be that if you have a gun and you are the initiator of a confrontation, you can not use a Stand Your Ground defense.

8. Martin said it hurt him deeply not to be there for his son in his time of need and to be able to save his life.

He said the conversation sparked in households and at the dinner table now is, “What can we do as parents, what can we do as men, what can we do as fathers, what can we do as mentors to stop this from happening to your child. I think that’s where the conversation begins.”

9. “A lot of people will tell you that nothing positive can come out of death,” he said. “I disagree. I disagree, wholeheartedly.”

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