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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
Thu, Feb 16 | 6 — 7:15 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $20
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“Not since Emmett Till has a parent’s love for a murdered child moved the nation to search its soul about racial injustice and inequality. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s extraordinary witness, indomitable spirit and unwavering demand for change have altered the dynamics of racial justice discourse in this country.” — Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

Five years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child on the verge of becoming a man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. Rest in Power offers compelling alternating narratives by Trayvon's parents (Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin) and takes us beyond the news to give the account that only his parents can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power.

Join us for two powerful evenings as Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin come to CHF to discuss how, driven by their love for a lost son, they discovered their voice, gathered allies, and launched a movement for national justice that would change the country. Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times joins them in conversation.

  • A second program will take place on Friday, February 17 at the DuSable Museum of African American History. To purchase tickets, visit or call (773) 947-0600

For both Rest in Power events, Charter Humanists must RSVP for complimentary Red Badge seating by calling (312) 494-9509.

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A book signing will follow this program.

This program is co-presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Chicago Urban League.

A Talkback will follow this program.


Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are the founders of The Trayvon Martin Foundation, which aims to create community programming and raise awareness of the impact of gun violence and racial profiling on families. Fulton and Martin live in the Miami, Florida, area.

Mary Mitchell is an award-winning columnist and editorial board member for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has written about race relations and social justice issues for more than 20 years.

  • Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
  • 2/16/17