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Trayvon Martin’s parents take listeners beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.

“A reminder - not only of Trayvon’s life and death but of the vulnerability of black lives in a country that still needs to be reminded they matter.” (USA Today)

Now a docuseries on the Paramount Network produced by Shawn Carter

Years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one Black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade? 

Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers those questions from the most intimate of sources. The book takes us beyond the news cycle and familiar images to give the account that only his parents can offer: the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and an inspiring journey from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to purpose. 

©2017 Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Sandra
  • 20-06-17

Some die so that others may live

Where does Rest in Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there with "The Hate You Give", my favorites so far this year.

What did you like best about this story?

I didn't like anything about the story. It's the kind if book that MUST be read, its not to be enjoyed (not in that way, anyway). Wish I never had the opportunity to read the story of Trayvons murder. I cried through the first couple of hours, listening to the emotions of Trayvons' parents relive the discovery of the murder of their child. It's almost unfathomable. I'm a step parent of a young man I love so much that it literally, physically hurt to listen to this story.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

If I could replace "interesting" with "disturbing", it's that: if Zimmerman were a black man and Trayvon a white teenager, I have ZERO confidence the trial would have played out the way it did in this tragedy. As a caucasian, even though I had nothing to do with the race I was born into, I get that white privilege has played a role in my life- like it or not. And if that were my boy walking that complex that fateful night, he'd be alive to tell me that some creepy dude stalked him. My responsibility as a human being is to acknowledge this and instill something better in the next generation. "The Hate You Give" was my favorite young adult book. I'm getting the hard copy for my toe-headed child who sees the world, already, through a different set of lenses than Were given me. This will be on his summer reading list as well. I'm so sorry for the loss that inspired this book, i'd much rather think of him struggling in High School, being bugged by his parents and scared or excited for his future.... like most teens... anything but the fate handed him by a jack-ass wannabe who should have stayed in his damn car if he was so afraid!! I'm so mad at Zimmerman and so inspired by the courage of Trayvons family to stand up for the young lives of those that follow their son.

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TRAYVON IS MY SON. RIP (power) young man and in the knowledge that because of the life that YOU led and lost, another young, black man can "maybe" walk the streets, with a bag a skittles and a can of tea, a little safer than he would have before your brave parents refused to let your death be in vain. Wake up people, SKIN IS NOT A SIN!!!!

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  • WWIQOG
  • 24-02-17

POWERFUL

This book was very well written. It shows the courage of the parents. Loved it.

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  • Yukia
  • 16-02-17

Emotionally Inspiring

This book touched me beyond words. The narrators are outstanding and it is so beautifully written. A beautiful memorial to a life taken to soon.

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  • Elise Cade
  • 21-04-17

So powerful and so moving

This book is one of the best books I've heard in a while. I will continue to recommend to all my friends!

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  • S. Giles
  • 06-07-20

From despair to power..

I decided to read/listen to this book after watching the documentary of the same name. Both of which are equally powerful. I was well aware of the case since I live in PBC Florida, well aware of the stand your ground rule. But, I wanted to learn more and I am glad that I did. I had to pause a couple of times because I am a mother and a grandmother and I could feel their anguish and grief. I know grief all to well because in 1997 I lost my 19 year old niece to a horrible car accident, a hit and run the driver that caused the accident never stopped. So, though there were moments that I had to get a grip I learned how this tragedy turned into a powerful movement..

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  • Kara-Kae James
  • 29-08-18

Powerful

Tears constantly flowing as you feel the pain of the parents. Understanding the pain and loss is a great step in understanding the Movement For Black Lives.

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  • Kenyetta
  • 30-07-18

Excellent Read!!!!!

As heartbreaking as the murder of Trayvon Martin was this book was impeccably written by his parents as they take you through their own experience. This book is highly recommended and the narrators were excellent. RIP Trayvon Martin. You will never be forgotten

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  • Theron Jamison
  • 02-04-18

Gripping, Real

Struggle to finish it bc sadly it is the reality of many black and brown

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  • brittany
  • 23-09-17

read this book if you enjoy crying

cried alot, I can't begin to imagine how devastating it would be to lose a child. helps put a human perspective on a highly publicized event. hard to keep my attention at times. overall decent book.

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  • Cherished Boss
  • 19-07-17

This is a heartfelt story of 2 parents

They lost their child but turned their loss into a national movement. They brought light to the everyday horrific truth of being black in America. I thank them for telling their story and starting the conversation.