Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Says Campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Inspired Her to Run for Public Office

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MAY 20: Sybrina Fulton announces that she will be running for the District 1 seat of the Miami-Dade County commissioners on May 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Ms. Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman during an altercation in 2012 in Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, told Hill.TV that she was first inspired to run for public office while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

“Campaigning for Secretary Clinton made a big difference,” Fulton, who announced her bid last month for Miami-Dade County Commission, said on Thursday during an interview on “Rising.”

“It kind of planted the seed for me but I still wasn’t ready until I prayed on it,” she continued. “It look almost a year in order for me to decide to run.”

Fulton first came into national prominence shortly after the death of her son. Martin was fatally shot at the age of 17 by then-neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida in 2012. His death helped sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement, and prompted a national conversation about race and policing in the U.S.

Since then, Fulton has become an anti-gun activist. During the 2016 election, Fulton was among a group of activists that took the stage during the 2016 Democratic National Convention to talk about gun violence and endorse presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Tess Bonn