Trayvon’s Dad Declares ‘Hoods Up Day’

On a sad anniversary, here's what he, Sybrina Fulton and Jamie Foxx said in New York City.

(The Root) — On the one-year anniversary of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, his parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, addressed a crowd of hundreds gathered in New York City’s Union Square for a rally billed as a “Million Hoodies” rally. Also speaking at the rally was entertainer Jamie Foxx. The Root was there, and heard the following:

“As parents of Trayvon Martin we certainly are declaring today, in our households, Hoods Up Day. This day, until the day I die, will be Hoods Up Day for me.” –Tracy Martin

“I’m a mother of two boys. I have one son on Earth and one son in heaven, and I’m going to continue to fight for my boys, as well as your boys and girls.” –Sybrina Fulton

“It’s a personal thing with me and Sybrina. I saw her at the [NAACP] Image Awards, and we had a moment together, and I don’t want to share everything that was said, but she said, “My baby’s gone.” As I stood there with my daughter, who is 19 now, I started to think what would I feel like if she wasn’t there with me. So I made a commitment that night.” –Jamie Foxx

Editor’s note: This posting has been updated to reflect the correct date of the rally.

Check back later for the full report from the rally, and check our ongoing updates of the court case against Trayvon Martin’s accused killer, George Zimmerman.

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