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Sybrina Fulton Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and a key to the city by Mayor Steve Benjamin after delivering the commencement address last weekend at the school.

Fulton took to her Instagram account to share her accomplishment with her 26,000 followers.

“I present to you……Dr. Sybrina Fulton,” she wrote. “I went from the 2018 Commencement Convocation speaker at Benedict College to Doctor & I also received the key to the city from the Mayor of Columbia, SC.”

Benedict College President Roslyn Clark Artis praised Fulton during the ceremony as a model of grace and strength.

“Because of her passion and dedication ‘we are all Trayvon’ and demand social justice for our sons,” Artis said.

After losing her son to gun violence, Fulton established in 2012 the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which she’s used to address the deadly consequences of social injustice, racial profiling and gun violence.

Last year, she joined forces with executive producer Jay-Z to develop the critically-acclaimed six-part docuseries “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which was released last summer.

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