Trayvon’s Mother Cancels Portland Visit

10/16/2013, 10:37 a.m. | Updated on 10/16/2013, 4:02 p.m.
Sybrina Fulton

The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was scheduled to be in Portland Saturday, Oct. 19 as the keynote speaker for the Black Parent Initiative’s parent symposium “Breaking the Cycle, Closing the Gap, Saving Our Boys.”

Due to an unexpected emergency Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton was forced to cancel her visit to Portland but will still send a video in to the event detailing her hopes, dreams, and thoughts on the complications of raising a son in present day America, officials of the parent’s group said.

Director of curriculum and instruction for the Oregon Education Investment Board, Dr. Doris McEwen, will close the night out with some parting thoughts.

The symposium is open to the public will be held at the disbanded Marshall High School, located at 3905 S.E. 91st Ave., and will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Martin was killed by a neighborhood watch captain who was charged in his death after a public outcry, but then acquitted of all charges after a trial.

More information on the Portland event can be found at the Black Parent Initiative website, thebpi.org.