Arcadia University

Letters to Trayvon: A Celebration of Black Men and Boys

Posted on February 16, 2015

In 2012, the death of Trayvon Martin greatly impacted us as a society and we continually struggle to understand the events that occurred on that faithful Sunday evening, February 26, 2012.  We have found ourselves not comforted by the rationale, the justifications or the verdict that followed.  The death of Trayvon Martin, and a series of recent incidents involving Men of Color, who have lost their lives through needless violence, has brought forth a national dialogue on race and justice.  The countless demonstrations by citizens from all aspects of our society; marching in an effort to bring attention to; and to end the unfair treatment, life threatening and life altering profiling and racism experienced by Black men and boys.  Under the leadership of the local social change organization Mission Incorporated in partnership with the Black Male Development Symposium and the Trayvon Martin Foundation we will be presenting Letters to Trayvon: A Celebration of Black Men and Boys, Saturday, February 28, 2015 on the campus of Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA.  There will be an art/photo exhibit and an interview discussion lead by WURD’s Solomon Jones with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, along with a VIP reception/dinner with Mr. Martin from 5:00 – 6:30 ($50).  General admission for the public is ($10) and the doors will open at 6:00 to view the creative work of Black male visual artist and the acclaimed photo exhibit, “By the Content of My Character: Portraits of Young African American Men”, by Denise Allen.   Please register at http://www.letterstotrayvon.com for the event and see the many ways you can be a part of this evening of healing and celebration.  Join the Hashtag Campaign (#LTT2015) and post to all your social media networks positive images, lyrics, poems that tell the true story of Black men and boys as we fight against the negative, stereotypical and unjust treatment of Black men.  In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King;   “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”


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