Jay-Z’s six-part documentary series about the life and death of Trayvon Martin will be making its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. The 17-year-old Trayvon was murdered by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida on February 26, 2012. George Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of the murder based on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Trayvon’s death has not been in vain. His name lives on and his death and the death of others inspired the Black Lives Matter movement. Trayvon’s parents also penned the book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.
Notable Quotes: “We want to make sure that we stand and support and we never forget [that] Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here, so you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through. His name will sit alongside some of the greats [who] lost their life to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the [Gandhis]; that’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and pushes us into a better direction.” – Jay-Z