Trayvon Martin's mother pays tribute to son in hip hop song
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of Trayvon Martin lent her spoken vocals to a newly released hip hop single that she hopes will offer solace to families affected by gun violence.
The latest chapter in Sybrina Fulton's journey following the February 2012 shooting death of her son comes in the form of "Joy Comes in the Morning," a song by Christian hip hop artist T.D.O.G.G. for which she recorded several spoken lines at the Hot 105 studios in Hollywood.
"My name is Sybrina Fulton, and I'm Trayvon Martin's mother," begins her brief audio monologue in the single. "I want you to know that we serve a God with no boundaries and no limits."
The collaboration between Fulton and T.D.O.G.G., whose real name is Travis Gammage and whose stage moniker stands for The Deliverer of God's Gospel, came about after Martin's death. Rallies and marches that followed the shooting death of the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager, attracted nationwide attention, as well as a chance meeting between Gammage and Fulton at a Trayvon Martin Foundation event.
"I didn't want to sing the song," said Fulton as she stood next to Gammage. "I just wanted him to write the song."
"I put myself in her shoes, and once I did, it was real easy [to write]," said Gammage. "I felt her pain."
A jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman on July 13 after finding him not guilty of second degree murder for killing Martin. Fulton vowed to have Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws, which remove a person's duty to retreat in a confrontation, repealed.
Fulton said she is moving forward after her ordeal, but it is not a process she has mapped out in advance. "This is not something that I have scripted ... this is naturally who I am, so it makes it a little easier than I can be myself and still inspire people," she said.
Fulton returned Tuesday to the Hot 105 studios to promote the single, which the station aired.
Gammage said the proceeds from the single will go towards making more CD copies, which Fulton and he plan to pass out at various locations to give hope to others who have lost loved ones to senseless violence.
"I am glad to know my angel Trayvon is watching over me and a piece of my heart is in heaven," says Fulton over T.D.O.G.G.'s beats.
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