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Trayvon Martin's Parents Will Tell Their Son's Story in a New Memoir

"Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter."

by VICE Staff
Sep 28 2016, 6:46pm

​ Trayvon Martin. Photo released by the Martin Family

Trayvon Martin. Photo released by the Martin Family

On January 31, 2017, a new memoir called Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin will hit booksellers' shelves five days before what would have been Martin's 22nd birthday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project is going to be written by Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. They've signed a deal with Random House's One World, a publishing wing headed by Christopher Jackson, one of the most prolific African American editors in publishing today.

"It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents' eyes," Jackson told the Reporter. "Then to the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we're still watching unfold five years later."

In 2012, 17-year-old Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman in Florida, who claimed he was acting on self-defense. Zimmerman was eventually tried and acquitted of second-degree murder, subsequently sparking the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement. Zimmerman has made headlines since, after getting involved in yet another shooting, then trying to sell the gun he used to shoot Martin, and then allegedly bragging about killing him.

Rest in Power will be Martin's family's chance to reclaim their side of the story. According to Jackson, "Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter."

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