Miami-Dade is taking the time to honor and acknowledge a young Black teenager who was killed by an overzealous man who was a neighborhood watch volunteer. The killing of an unarmed Trayvon Martin, who was returning from a convenience store run back to his father’s home in Florida by George Zimmerman, set off a nationwide protest that still exists today due to the continued killing of unarmed Black boys and men. This was the official start of the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to The Miami Herald, last week Miami-Dade commissioners had approved adding Martin’s name to the street of Northeast 16th Avenue, which leads to the high school Martin was enrolled at when he was killed by Zimmerman back in 2012, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School. Martin was only 17 when he was killed.
The renaming of the street is expected to take place before the end of the year.
Although Zimmerman claimed self-defense in the senseless killing and was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, he was acquitted of the charges. The injustice of Black people being racially profiled and the aggressors of such acts going unpunished continues eight years after the Martin…