Street to be renamed after Trayvon Martin

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A road in Miami will be named after Trayvon Martin, the teenager whose shooting death in 2012 sparked a national outcry. A portion of the street leading to Martin’s former school, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, will be renamed in his honor, the Miami Herald reports. 

Martin was in 11th grade when he was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.  Zimmerman was acquitted under Florida’s controversial self-defense law. The Black Lives Matter movement emerged after a Florida jury decided to clear Zimmerman in the shooting death in July 2013.

More than eight years after Martin was killed, commissioners in Miami-Dade County approved the street renaming. By the end of the year, part of Northeast 16th Avenue will be renamed after Martin, according to a resolution from County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams. 

The road will be renamed “Travyon Martin Avenue,” according to the memorandum. Martin “was a typical teenager who enjoyed playing video games, listening to music, watching movies, and talking and texting on the phone,” the resolution reads.

He was also developing advanced mechanical skills, liked to build and fix dirt bikes, and wanted to work in aviation, it continues. 

“Trayvon Martin’s heartbreaking death was the spark that ignited long smoldering demands for racial justice and equality for Black people and other people of color and united people of all races across the nation in making said demands,” the resolution reads. 

Martin’s name and image are now “recognized across the world and associated with the fight for social justice,” the resolution explains.

“This Board appreciates the social justice reforms spurred by his death, recognizes all that his legacy could have been, and would like to honor the life and memory of Trayvon Benjamin Martin by codesignating that portion of NE 16th Avenue from Ives Dairy Road to NE 209th Street as ‘Trayvon Martin Avenue,'” the resolution reads.

According to Miami Herald, new street signs marking Trayvon Martin Avenue should be up within a few weeks of the resolution being distributed. 

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