Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton participated in an emotional Q&A session Thursday night after a screening of the first episode of the six-part series executive produced by Jay-Z and Michael Gasparro.
The two sat alongside producers and fielded questions from the audience both about the project but also from concerned parents of young, black boys and girls who sought advice on how to prepare their children for a society where racial injustice is so prevalent. “What I would tell my son is to live his best life,” Sybrina began, prompting immediate applause.
Foxx, who attended the event without any press, took a photo with Trayvon’s parents alongside a poster for the upcoming documentary. The actor has been a longtime supporter of Trayvon and his family, and has vowed to keep the memory of the boy alive.
During the Q&A, Trayvon’s mom explained that a movement only persists if the conversation around it does too, “We cant have these movements and they die off and go away. The only way we continue this is by having workshops, documentaries that keep it out there. I don’t want to have a documentary where only African Americans watch, we already know the struggle – so other people have to see what the struggle is on the other side.”
Martin was shot and killed six years ago at the hands of George Zimmerman, he was only 17-years-old.
“Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” premieres July 30 on Paramount Network.