Trayvon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African American teenager from Sanford Florida, who, as he was returning home from the store, was killed by an overzealous neighborhood watchman. The teen's death and the jury's subsequent not guilty verdict united people of various ethnic groups as well as sparked outrage and protests across this country.
Martin's family would have celebrated his 19th birthday Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
Artists and activists in the Baltimore area remembered Martin for this entire week with events held in various parts of the city, entitled, "Trayvon Moments".
These free events began Wednesday, February 5 and will continue through Sunday, February 9, 2014. The programs feature music, dance, theater, poetry, free food and t-shirt giveaways. The main thrust for these events, however, is to open dialogue with the public as led by the activists present at each location.
The sites around the Baltimore area include:
- Our Daily Bread, 725 The Fallsway
- New Era Academy, 2308 Seamon Avenue
- Seventh Metro Baptist Church, 30 E. North Avenue
- Towanda Recreation Center, 4000 Towanda Avenue, and
- Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St.
Featured at the various venues throughout the week were:
Storyteller Maria Broom, Activist Kalima Young, Filmmaker Bashi Rose, Activist Dayvon Love, Theater Director Troy Burton, Activist Dr. Raymond Winbush, Dancer Kwame Opare, Activist Sheila Gaskins, The Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team, and Activist Zeke Cohen.
The culminating event, hosted by Center Stage, is designed to spark discussions around issues of Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege, through a series of plays performed by various nationally-known playwrights.
The activities are a collaboration between Center Stage and Safe Streets.
The week-long events were made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Food for all events was provided by The Land of Kush.