Public Employees for Community Concerns has chosen Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, to give the keynote address at the January 17, 2022, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon. The luncheon takes place at the Peoria Civic Center with the doors opening at 11 a.m., and the luncheon beginning at Noon. Tickets are $60 per person and tables of 10 can be purchased for $600. Tickets can be purchased on the website at www.mlkluncheon.com or at Peoria City Hall, City Clerk’s Office, Room 401. Checks can be made payable to Public Employees for Community Concerns and mailed to PO Box 1312, Peoria, IL 61654-1312.
“We are honored and excited to have Sybrina Fulton as the guest speaker for our 30th annual luncheon,” said Peoria Mayor Rita Ali. “I believe she will inspire the audience with a message about the importance of social justice and activism.”
Sybrina Fulton is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country. Her book co-authored with Tracy Martin, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, shares the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement that awoke a nation’s conscience.
The publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.