This Day in History

Feb. 26, 2012: Trayvon Martin Murdered

Time Periods: 2001-
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity

The day is necessarily somber. Trayvon’s death at the hands of white supremacist vigilante violence indicated the beginning of an escalating attack on Black lives and demanded that this nation confront its overtly racist past and present. —Patrisse Cullors

Poster from Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio.

On Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager, was murdered in Sanford, Florida.

The death of Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman sparked the national and global Movement for Black Lives.

We recommend the article and lesson by Renee Watson, “Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow: Teaching the ongoing murders of black men,” to address this criminal injustice and crisis with students,

Emmett Till.
Medgar Evers.
Henry Dumas.
Fred Hampton.
Mulugeta Seraw.
Amadou Diallo.
Sean Bell.
Oscar Grant.
Trayvon Martin.
Jordan Davis.
Eric Garner.
Michael Brown.

There is a history in our country of white men killing unarmed black boys and men with little to no consequence.

Continue reading the article and lesson “Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow: Teaching the ongoing murders of Black men.”

Learn more about the murder of Trayvon Martin with connections to Reconstruction and contemporary organizing from the Into America podcast episode below.

For more resources, see Teaching for Black Lives from Rethinking Schools and other resources below.