Sybrina Fulton is widely known as one of the Mothers of the Movement, a group of mothers who have lost a child to gun violence or police brutality. In 2012, she lost her son Trayvon Martin, who was an unarmed Black teenager fatally shot by George Zimmerman. His death sparked national outrage that helped motivate grassroots movements like #BlackLivesMatter, and since then, Fulton has become an advocate for gun reform and racial equality. “I felt so alone after Trayvon passed,” Fulton told ELLE.com last year. “Even though people had been shot and killed before, you do feel like you are the only one going through that pain.”
Turning her pain into action, she founded a retreat to help other mothers heal after losing a child to violence and founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation. In 2016, she campaigned with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a national surrogate.