The story that sparked the BlackLivesMatter movement

By Sade Reeves

Six years ago,17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and murdered by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida while unarmed. Citizens started to protest which started the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder but was eventually acquitted. Six years later Trayvon Martins story is still being talked about today. In a new docuseries produced by Jay-Z, and directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Wiloughby, Trayvon’s story is re-told and shows the in-depth impact it has had on society six years later regarding race relations in America today.


The new docuseries is called Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. It’s a 6- episode unscripted series that provides a powerful context of Martin’s shooting. The docuseries first episode premiered on Monday July 30th on Paramount network and BET. The docuseries was inspired by the book “Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” by Sybrina Fulton and Tracey Martin, Trayvon’s parents. This was their chance to tell their story on TV for the first time.


There was a lot of social media reaction to the new docuseries. Here are a few reactions from twitter fans.

EBONY Magazine tweeted, “Retelling this story so we can learn of their truths…Our hearts are extremely heavy, this documentary is so important…We are people too #BlackLivesMatter His life mattered, it still does #RestIinPowerTrayvon”.

This show will re-tell Trayvon’s tragic story and how it has shed a light on how bad race relations have gotten over the past six years in America.

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