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WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston speaks with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump. Crump rose to prominence when he served as counsel for Trayvon Martin’s parents
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Benjamin Crump on the state of civil rights & the measure of progress, 10 years after Trayvon Martin


Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump rose to prominence back in 2012. He was contracted to represent the parents of Trayvon Martin after the 17-year-old was fatally shot walking back to his dad’s house. Crump was instrumental in galvanizing a movement to get George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, arrested and charged. Since then, Crump has been on what he calls “a mission” to stand up in court for mostly Black victims of unjust deadly violence.
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A sign being held at the rally in Sanford for Trayvon Martin in 2012. Saturday marks 10 years since his death. (via: Werth Media).
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After 10 years, young activists remember Trayvon Martin’s killing like it was yesterday


Trayvon Martin’s death 10 years ago impacted the world and changed the lives of many. Orlando activist Miles Mulrain Jr. and Angela Herrera, who helped organize Orlando’s 2020 protests over George Floyd, speak about how the Martin case impacted their lives and the role of social media. It Feels Like It Just Happened Miles Mulrain Jr. and Angela Herrera remember Trayvon Martin’s death like it was yesterday. Herrera was heading into high school at the time, “I was definitely too young to get involved politically or actively attend any protests. However, this was one of the first times where I saw the impact this had on my community and all my friends.” But, Mulrain was in his early 20s when …
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Historian, educator, and activist Francis Oliver of Sanford stands inside the Goldsboro Welcome Center, which she founded along with the Goldsboro Historical Museum. (Photo: Nicole Darden Creston)
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Ten years after Trayvon Martin’s death, have advocates seen progress?


On February 26th, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Sanford by then 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense. The shooting and what followed sparked outrage from the community that grew into an international movement. For our series marking ten years since Trayvon Martin’s shooting, we asked some protest leaders and advocates what they remember from that time, and whether they’ve seen progress in the last decade.
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