Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin, said he is working hard to change the Stand Your Ground law, traveling across the country to get his message out.
Martin was a guest at the Ninth Youth Summit hosted on Feb. 22 by the 100 Black Men of DeKalb at Arabia Mountain High School.
"We are looking at turning a tragedy into a triumph," Martin said in an exclusive interview with On Common Ground News during his visit to Atlanta. "We are working hard to try to change that law because this is a law that really doesn't benefit our community."
Martin pointed not only to his son's death, but the recent case involving 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta. Davis was shot to
death by Michael Dunn after Dunn complained that the teen and his friends were playing their music too loudly in their vehicle. Dunn, who said he feared for his life, beat the
murder charge but he was convicted of
attempted murder for firing in the vehicle at Davis' friends.
"I was really surprised by the verdict in his case," said Martin. "How do you convict someone of attempted murder but not the murder itself? That is amazing."
Cornelius Stafford, president of the DeKalb 100, said he invited Martin to the Youth Summit because he wanted to inspire students and give them a chance to hear who Trayvon Martin was--an ordinary student like many of them. Stafford and Martin are both from East St. Louis.
"It was a powerful symposium," said Stafford. "Our students had the opportunity to listen to Tracy Martin reflect upon the situation that cost him his son."
The summit drew a packed house of nearly 1,000 people for a day of guest speakers, entertainment and breakout sessions for students and parents. Martin said that he and his son's mother have set up the