USCPR Executive Director on Remembering Trayvon Martin


February 26, 2022 marks 10 years since the murder of Trayvon Martin at the hands of U.S. police. In remembrance and in honor of his life, Trayvon Martin’s mother urged individuals to continue fighting for justice and to never give up in this fight. USCPR Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid co-founded the Dream Defenders following the murder of Trayvon Martin. Abuznaid spoke to Steven Moore of WESH 2 News about the origins of the Dream Defenders as well as remembering the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin:

“I think we were one of those core organizations that went on to create this movement for Black lives network. And we’re really proud of that work now. We can’t do it on our own. And, and also Florida was really the home of Dream Defenders. And so while we really had a lot of national involvement and conversation and national building, we were most impactful here in Florida. So I’m incredibly proud of the advancement Dream Defenders and Florida organizing across the board has given us over the last 10 years,” Abuznaid said. …

“You seen thousands rally in the state of Florida, but also, you know, thousands, and tens of thousands rally across the country. And we saw similar iterations after the uprisings in Ferguson. And we saw similar iterations after the murder of George Floyd,” Abuznaid said.

You can check out the articles and videos in full by clicking on the following links: “Trayvon Martin’s Mother: ‘Don’t Give Up’ Fight for Justice” by Jamal Andress in Newsy and “How Trayvon Martin’s Death Led to the Birth of the Black Lives Matter Movement” by Stewart Moore in WESH 2 News.