Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was presented with an honorary doctorate from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, this past weekend.

During the historically Black college's fall commencement, she was honored with the Doctor of Humane Letters, reports WIS News.

Fulton has dealt with the grief of losing her son at the hands of former security guard George Zimmerman in a 2012 shooting. Zimmerman was found not guilty. 

The pain galvanized her and Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, to launch the Trayvon Martin Foundation which strives to end senseless gun violence.

Fulton entered the national political arena when she and other mothers of victims of police and gun violence took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  

“Sybrina is a model of grace and strength," said President and CEO of Benedict College Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis in a press release. "Because of her passion and dedication, ‘we are all Trayvon’ and demand social justice for our sons.”

Trayvon's death reignited the movement to end gun violence, police corruption and systematic racism. Fulton and Tracy Martin have been able to partner with superstar artists and supporters Jay-Z and Beyoncé for projects including 2017's Rest in Power, The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part docuseries.  

Not only did she receive an honorary doctorate, but Columbia's Mayor Steve Benjamin also gave her the key to the city. 

Fulton continues to be an advocate for social justice, spreading hope through her speeches and events.  


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