“TRAYVON MARTIN AVENUE.”: Will help memorialize the ten whose shooting death shot by George Zimmerman helped spur the Black Lives Matter movement.
MIAMI (AP) – A Florida road will be named after the Black teenager whose death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 catalyzed a movement for racial justice.
The Miami Herald reports Trayvon Martin’s name will be added to section of an avenue that leads to the high school he attended in Miami.
Members of the Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously approved the motion. Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who sponsored the resolution, said the teen had mechanical skills, knowing how to build and ﬁx dirt bikes, and wanted to go to college.
The portion of the county-owned road will be called “Trayvon Martin Avenue.” Ofﬁcials say the new signs should be ready within a few weeks.
Martin was shot dead in Sanford, Fla., at 17 while on a visit with his father. The teen was unarmed and walking back from a convenience store with candy when he was shot by George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was acquitted under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law. The Black Lives Matter movement emerged after a Florida jury decided to clear Zimmerman in the shooting death in July 2013.