Trayvon Martin’s mother honored at Oakwood University

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Before the Black Lives Matter movement, the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida pushed the teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton into advocacy.

Three years this month, the shooting of the teen is the inspiration behind her continued work, and Oakwood University Church honors her as their 2015 Black History Month recognition recipient.

"I became a voice for the voiceless," said Fulton. "So I stand here before you and to proclaim that I am Trayvon Martin."

She brought the church's congregation to their feet as she received a donation for the Trayvon Martin Foundation from senior pastor Carlton Byrd.

Her advocacy reaches nationwide and abroad, but her strongest message was a silent one -- that touched a mother from Madison County.

"She is my hero. She showed me how to stand, how to not be ashamed anymore," said Towanda Moore.

Five years ago this month, Moore lost her son, 14-year-old Todd Brown when he was shot at Discovery Middle School in Madison.

"I felt that Trayvon was Todd," she said. "I'm like 'I have another son out there who just got murdered.'

Fulton doesn't have to change a single law -- her impact is already felt.

"I see Trayvon Martin's mom, I'm thinking how is she doing it," asked Moore. "How is she speaking out? How is she able to stand?"

"I decided my tears were not enough. The instinct in me, the mother in me said that I had to do more for my son," said Fulton.

That powerful instinct, she says, comes from her Christian beliefs and her faith in the system's ability to change.