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EBONY devotes September issue to Trayvon Martin

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Partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to discuss the state of Black boys

In response to the watershed moment experienced by the Black community after the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, EBONY magazine has devoted the September 2013 issue to Trayvon Martin and explores the Stand Your Ground laws.

Inside the issue, readers can find:

  • An exclusive interview with Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin;An article from Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill on racial profiling;
  • A personal reflection from Spike Lee, Boris Kodjoe and Dwyane Wade on how they talk to their sons about racism in America;
  • A reflection from 17-year-old students on how they feel about being Black men in America;
  • A legal analysis from Imani Perry on the verdict;
  • A prayer of healing by Bishop T.D. Jakes;
  • A poem for Trayvon Martin by Jill Scott; and
  • An interview with Rev. Al Sharpton on how to turn anger into action. 

“We want people to take the Trayvon movement to the next level,” said Fulton. “We want them to continue to sign petitions. We want their voices to be heard (on this issue).”

The September issue will also have four separate covers, each conveying the message “We Are Trayvon.” The three separate newsstand issues will feature Spike Lee with his son, Jackson, Boris Kodjoe with his son, Nicolas, and Dwyane Wade with his sons Zaire and Zion, all wearing hoodies. The subscribers’ issue will feature an exclusive photo of Trayvon’s parents and his brother, Jahvaris Fulton, on the cover.

“As a mother of a young Black boy, the tragedy of Travyon Martin affected me deeply,” said EBONY’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Barnett. “We simply cannot allow the conversations on this issue to come to a standstill. As the leading source for an authoritative perspective on the African American community, at EBONY we are committed to serving as a hub for Black America to explore solutions and to giving readers the information and tools they need to help ensure a bright future for all of our children.”

“One of the biggest challenges is a collective inability to see Black males as innocent,” said Professor Hill in his article. “Even when they are the victims of violence, Black men are profiled and assumed to be associated with gang activity, drug dealing or other forms of illegal activity that make it easy to deny them social protection, support or even outrage.”

This groundbreaking issue will explore concerns around racial bias, how to find solutions for those concerns, and how to heal and move forward.

In addition, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans is partnering with the magazine to host a series of town hall meetings across the country to discuss the state of Black boys. Beginning November through December 2014, the community-focused conversations will address issues raised in the EBONY five-part “Saving Our Sons” series, which launched in the May 2013 issue.

The program will highlight individuals and organizations that support the development of young Black men and will seek to provide ways to ensure that they reach their full potential. The first town hall will kick off at Morehouse College, a historically Black college in Atlanta.

The August issue of EBONY is on newsstands now. For more information, visit www.ebony.com

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