Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, have signed a book deal and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin will hit shelves on Jan. 17, just over a month shy of the fifth anniversary of the teen’s death.
“It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes,” says Random House’s One World editor Christopher Jackson of the book, “and then to the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we’re still watching unfold five years later. Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter.”
Trayvon was killed on on Feb. 26. 2012, by George Zimmerman, who was initially not charged with any crime. After national media drew attention to the case, Zimmerman was tried and acquitted of second degree murder because the prosecution couldn’t effectively challenge his self-defense claim made under the state’s stand your ground law.