Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement. On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend...

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Title:Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
Author:Sybrina Fulton
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ISBN:0812997239
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:331 pages

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin Reviews

  • Taryn
    Dec 07, 2016

    Five years ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back to the residence he was staying at with his father. The shooter was quickly released, but Trayvon's parents fought to have him tried in a court of law: "

    They won their day in court and the battle played out in both in the media and the

    Five years ago, a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking back to the residence he was staying at with his father. The shooter was quickly released, but Trayvon's parents fought to have him tried in a court of law: "

    They won their day in court and the battle played out in both in the media and the courtroom. The shooter maintained he was acting in self-defense. The trial lasted twenty-four days and ended with a "not guilty" verdict.

    . They've been divorced for many years, but they maintain a close relationship and have supported each other during this tragedy. There's occasional overlap in their stories, but it was helpful to read both their perspectives. Most of the book is devoted to the

    They give us a more complete portrait of the son that never had the chance to grow into adulthood, an adventurous young man who had an interest in aviation. It's very

    , giving a clear picture of what was happening at the time, as well as their reactions. I thought it was

    They write about the difficult questions asked during the deposition and Sybrina talks about the painful realization that the state hadn't proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. They address many of the controversies and rumors that arose, including the pictures used by the media, Trayvon's texting history, and the controversial testimony of their star witness Rachel Jeantel.

    So many out-of-the-ordinary events lined up to result in this tragedy. There are so many questions that will never be answered. The altercation happened on a rainy evening which muddied the eyewitness accounts, which are already notoriously unreliable. Of the two people who know exactly what happened, only the shooter is alive to tell their account.

    While the media coverage played a large part in the pressure to bring the case to trial,

    There were vicious attacks on the characters of Trayvon and his parents and passionate support for the shooter. False stories and mischaracterizations still circulate about the case and distract from the central issues.

    If Jodi Picoult’s

    made an impact on you, I recommend reading this book.

    is a real-life account of how far lawyers will go to

    and how damaging the consequences of mentioning it can be in the courtroom and the court of public opinion. It also addresses

    . There was a sickening moment during jury selection where a potential juror stated that

    a statement that was clearly based on prejudice and speculation rather than fact. In terms of the initial investigation, it seems that the police made assumptions about what type of this case was and it wasn't as fully investigated as it could have been. The shooter was taken at his word, despite the suspicions of the investigating detective.

    I jumped at the opportunity to read this book, because I've never stopped thinking about this case. We have no way of knowing exactly what happened that night, but it seems very clear that there was ample opportunity for that evening not to end with Trayvon Martin's death. While I was already familiar with most of the details on a surface level,

    It had me crying from the introduction! Unfortunately, this story does not stop with Trayvon. Stories like his have made the news frequently, including the murder of Jordan Davis (

    ). Trayvon's parents continue to keep their son's name alive through the

    , an organization that works to prevent similar tragedies from happening and offers support to those who've been affected by gun violence.

  • Brenda
    Dec 27, 2016

    Never having lost a child, I can't begin to understand what it would be like to share this experience with the Trayvon's parents. I can only empathize and give them kudos for standing up for their son and telling the story. This story is so tragic, and unjust that it is hard to even begin to write a review. The author did a good job of retelling the 2 years of frustratingly tragic, unjust events. Where the book lost me and and earned only a 3 star review in my opinion was that it was too long. S

    Never having lost a child, I can't begin to understand what it would be like to share this experience with the Trayvon's parents. I can only empathize and give them kudos for standing up for their son and telling the story. This story is so tragic, and unjust that it is hard to even begin to write a review. The author did a good job of retelling the 2 years of frustratingly tragic, unjust events. Where the book lost me and and earned only a 3 star review in my opinion was that it was too long. Several statements were repeated over and over. I thought I'd scream if I read one more time that a 17 year old was gunned down with only a box of skittles in his pocket while the killer went home to sleep in his own bed. Okay, WE GET IT! I think the parents were so caught up and used to dealing with the media that the single book reading audience was overlooked. In media some people catch the news and some don't, therefore you have to be redundant and keep reiterating your point, in case someone missed the earlier broadcast. In a book, you have a dedicated single audience and this just frustrates the reader and drags out the book. The story was interesting with lots of informative information. I was enlightened and stunned by the facts presented. Probably wouldn't recommend to anyone.

  • Rachel León
    Jan 13, 2017

    (4.5 stars, rounded up because this book destroyed me)

    I remember when I first heard about Trayvon Martin and was saddened and enraged by this story of injustice. Shortly after I attended a Million Hoodie March event, which ignited a Anti-Racism Network in my city. I became involved in that organization, which is still active in one of the local housing projects and works with residents and law enforcement to promote peace and nonviolence. Trayvon Martin's story isn't the first of its kind and i

    (4.5 stars, rounded up because this book destroyed me)

    I remember when I first heard about Trayvon Martin and was saddened and enraged by this story of injustice. Shortly after I attended a Million Hoodie March event, which ignited a Anti-Racism Network in my city. I became involved in that organization, which is still active in one of the local housing projects and works with residents and law enforcement to promote peace and nonviolence. Trayvon Martin's story isn't the first of its kind and it certainly hasn't been the last, but what happened to Trayvon sparked a movement and helped wake up America to how much racism and injustice still persists today. The impact lives on, like with the organization in my community.

    When I found out Trayvon's parents wrote a book, I knew it would be a gut-punch, but also that I had to read it. From the first sentence I had tears in my throat. In the days I read this book I was always on the verge of crying because Trayvon's story has always stayed with me and this book brought it to life in a whole new way. I know Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's story will stay with me for a long time.

    The book is written by both Trayvon's mother and father, told in alternating chapters, and follows the aftermath and trial. The writing isn't always spectacular, but the tone and story are heart-wrenching and extraordinary. The book is both difficult to read and put down. Overall it's a very strong portrayal of the tragedy behind Trayvon's death and George Zimmerman's trial, and I'd argue essential reading.

  • Reading in Black & White
    Jan 15, 2017

    I literally have no words for this book. I finished the last sentence and simply stared at my kindle, then at the wall, and then back at my kindle. Devastating. Frustrating. Heartbreaking. Those are the first three words I thought of to describe this retelling of events from his parent's point of view. If you want an inside look at how police stations and trials work, then you should pick up this book. If you're in denial that racial profiling does exist in this country and that victims are made

    I literally have no words for this book. I finished the last sentence and simply stared at my kindle, then at the wall, and then back at my kindle. Devastating. Frustrating. Heartbreaking. Those are the first three words I thought of to describe this retelling of events from his parent's point of view. If you want an inside look at how police stations and trials work, then you should pick up this book. If you're in denial that racial profiling does exist in this country and that victims are made out to be the villains, then you should pick up this book. If you're a person of color and you think that we have passed the time of lynchings in this country, then you should pick up this book. Everyone and I mean everyone, should read this book.

    The strength Trayvon Martin's parents displayed and still continue to display is unbelievable and inspiring. A full review will be posted during release week.

  • Adam
    Feb 23, 2017

    As emotionally difficult it was to read this book (especially in public places), I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for these parents to relive their most tragic moments in writing this book.

    I'm glad they did. This is essential reading.

    Rest in Power tells the story not just of parents who overcame the brutal murder of their child, but of two human beings who somehow channeled their immense sorrow into creating social change in the name of their son only days after his dea

    As emotionally difficult it was to read this book (especially in public places), I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for these parents to relive their most tragic moments in writing this book.

    I'm glad they did. This is essential reading.

    Rest in Power tells the story not just of parents who overcame the brutal murder of their child, but of two human beings who somehow channeled their immense sorrow into creating social change in the name of their son only days after his death.

    With Trump going from crisis to crisis, I've noticed less coverage of police brutality, mass-incarceration, and other cases of systemic oppression of Black Americans in the media. And it's not that there's been less cases of police brutality since Trump took office, in fact, quite the opposite:

    .

    Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's call to action in writing Rest in Power could not have come at a better time.

  • Ciera Nicole
    Feb 09, 2017

    "Rest in Power" was an emotional read for me. Trayvon's death affected me deeply. It is never easy to hear a story of a 17 year old African American boy killed in a heinous way: because of the color of his skin.This book took me back to the exact point in my life when I first learned of this story and all of the emotions I felt afterwards as the story progressed in the media.I am so glad that Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, took the time to address their feelings and emotions

    "Rest in Power" was an emotional read for me. Trayvon's death affected me deeply. It is never easy to hear a story of a 17 year old African American boy killed in a heinous way: because of the color of his skin.This book took me back to the exact point in my life when I first learned of this story and all of the emotions I felt afterwards as the story progressed in the media.I am so glad that Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, took the time to address their feelings and emotions.I applaud both of them for being strong enough to take their pain and the pain of their son's tragic death to create a movement that inspires so many people around the world to take action when we face injustice, particularly in the African American community.The death of Trayvon Martin sparked outrage but also sparked dialogue about Racism, a subject that is still heavily regarded in this world.This book totally touched my heart and I am truly inspired to get out and be a voice for the voiceless. Rest in Peace Trayvon Martin.

  • Sharon Metcalf
    Jan 31, 2017

    Living in Australia I was not aware of the Trayvon Martin case.   Having just finished reading  Rest In Power the book written by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin, following his senseless death in 2012 I have a strong desire to know more.  

    Trayvon was a 17 year old African American boy, walking from the local shop and returning to the home he was staying at when he was shot and killed by the Neighbourhood Watchman.  The book tells of Sybrina & Tracy's experiences in lear

    Living in Australia I was not aware of the Trayvon Martin case.   Having just finished reading  Rest In Power the book written by Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin, following his senseless death in 2012 I have a strong desire to know more.  

    Trayvon was a 17 year old African American boy, walking from the local shop and returning to the home he was staying at when he was shot and killed by the Neighbourhood Watchman.  The book tells of Sybrina & Tracy's experiences in learning of their sons death and subsequently trying to bring justice for him.   As a mother I couldn't begin to imagine the horrors they had experienced, the anger, the sorrow.     It made for heartbreaking reading.     Several passages brought me close to tears but there were a couple that really stood out for me.    Whilst it may have appeared to be an example of racial profiling  that lead to his murder,  Sybrina indicated it was not about black and white but about right and wrong.      Toward the end of the book they quoted President Obama's words, spoken at a press conference after the verdict was passed.    His words made me admire the man who has just finished his term as American President and somewhat fearful of what might transpire under the new one.    

    As I was reading I was impatient to know the outcome of the trial.  This was indeed a powerful and moving story.   I felt their frustration and was inspired by their faith and their willingness to turn their loss into an opportunity to help others.    I admired what they set out to achieve, I hope they are successful and trust that five years on they are finding a way to fill the gap left by the loss of their beloved son.

    Many thanks to the publisher Spiegel & Grau, together with NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Theresa Thomas
    Feb 15, 2017

    Out of a tragic horrific death. A movement was birthed. A movement that has touched the world in a explosive yes POWERFUL way. This book is worth the read simply because it could have been or could be your son. As for me It was particularly hard in many ways to read. As the book unfolds I found my son and Trayvon's mannerisms, his dreams of a career in aviation were My son's dreams and now his career. The many commonalities i see in Sybrina and my personalities really caught me off guard!! Both

    Out of a tragic horrific death. A movement was birthed. A movement that has touched the world in a explosive yes POWERFUL way. This book is worth the read simply because it could have been or could be your son. As for me It was particularly hard in many ways to read. As the book unfolds I found my son and Trayvon's mannerisms, his dreams of a career in aviation were My son's dreams and now his career. The many commonalities i see in Sybrina and my personalities really caught me off guard!! Both our boys nicknames were Pooh, because they liked Winnie The Pooh Bear. It was heartbreaking but at the same time an honor on both ends to have this connection. She is an amazingly strong sister and it takes one to know one. And above all!!! So honored to say My Pooh really is Trayvon Martin❤ Trayvon's Parents have taken on a heavy cross to bear in honor of their son, Empowered to fighting the weakened and corrupt government that trickles down to the justice system that has created a cesspool of unjustified, senseless deaths of African American boys and men. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin you're still on my 9am slot to pray for every day. I salute you both. Buy the book to support this much needed movement

  • MyLoveAffairWithTheWrittenWord
    Feb 06, 2017

    Trayvon Martin certainly wasn't the first young, unarmed black man to be gunned down--and, sadly, he most likely will not be the last--but what sets his story apart is that his death became the catalyst for great social change and fights for injustice. Trayvon was a remarkable young man walking that fine line between boyhood and adulthood; he loved his parents, he loved his friends, and sure: he got into the usual teenage mischief (honestly, who hasn't?) but he was by no means a danger to anyone

    Trayvon Martin certainly wasn't the first young, unarmed black man to be gunned down--and, sadly, he most likely will not be the last--but what sets his story apart is that his death became the catalyst for great social change and fights for injustice. Trayvon was a remarkable young man walking that fine line between boyhood and adulthood; he loved his parents, he loved his friends, and sure: he got into the usual teenage mischief (honestly, who hasn't?) but he was by no means a danger to anyone. That made it all the more infuriating and baffling when wannabe cop and neighborhood watchdog George Zimmerman decided to take it upon himself to hunt and kill Trayvon, simply because he racially profiled him as a "thug" and one of "[those] assholes" who "always get[s] away". Despite what should have been an open and shut case of first degree murder, the authorities only detained Zimmerman for a short period of time and seemed to focus more of their attention on running background checks/drug and alcohol screens on TRAYVON--you know, the CHILD who had just been MURDERED. The man who wielded the gun wasn't looked into at all (and, later on when he WAS looked into, it was discovered that he had a long history of violence and assault charges). Instead of being given time to grieve, Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, had to focus their attention on pressuring authorities to arrest and prosecute Zimmerman. And, unfortunately, we all know how that turned out. While there are some people who claim race had nothing to do with this case, I would be inclined to point out their naivety and list all the reasons why it WAS. From the way the media covered the story, to the pathetic excuse of a trial, Trayvon was the one who was portrayed as the "thug", the "bad guy" despite being armed that fateful evening with nothing but a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles. Fulton and Martin have been devoting every waking moment of their lives since their son's death fighting injustice, giving speeches, and challenging the ridiculous "Stand Your Ground" law that Zimmerman hid behind like the coward that he was. Their persistence and relentlessness are nothing short of admirable. If the story of Trayvon Martin and what happened to him doesn't tear at your heart, infuriate you and drive you to take action, then you might not be human. Rest in power, Trayvon.

  • Marcos
    Feb 08, 2017

    How can one not love and feel so much sympathy and pain for the parents of Trayvon Martin? What a beautiful and poignant tribute. Keep fighting Tracy and Sybrina! We need folk like you to keep reminding us that race is still very much, a problem in our country. Thank you, thank you.