February is a doubly bittersweet month for the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. It’s been nearly two years since he died on February 26, and today, February 5, would have been his 19th birthday. To commemorate the day and to honor a life cut short, Colorlines started the hashtag #19forTrayvon. We asked our followers to think about who they were and what they experienced at 19. Each tweet represented a possibility or opportunity now lost not only to Trayvon, but to all young people whose lives have been cut short by racialized gun violence.
Happy birthday, Travyon.