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Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, to Speak at 2023 MLK Memorial Tribute

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Editor's Note: This article has been updated with new information following this morning's Newslink email.

In-person registration is now open for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tribute, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2022, and hosted by Saint Louis University and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

The event, featuring speaker Sybrina Fulton, will be live-streamed on Saint Louis University's website. A fire-side chat with Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will occur. The breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and the tribute will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. In-person attendance at the event is open and there will be a livestream for the public. 

Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country. Her book co-authored with Tracy Martin, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, shares the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement that awoke a nation’s conscience. 

Register to Attend


In its 10 years, the MLK tribute at SLU has drawn an array of distinguished speakers. In 2018, diplomat and noted civil rights champion Ambassador Andrew Young, delivered the tribute’s keynote address. He received the Civil Rights Legends Award. Young told the crowd, “This country is not going backward.”

Previous awardees have included Martin Luther King III; Rev. Starsky Wilson; Kelvin Adams, Ph.D., superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools; Marc Morial, president of the national Urban League; and civil rights leader Xernona Clayton, among others.

The coordinators of the event are seeking volunteers. If interested, please register to volunteer here.

Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers more than 15,200 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.