"We want him to be known as that child of central Florida who galvanized the country," Martin said of Trayvon, according to Newsday. "We would like to see his name in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till [though] Emmett Till has a legacy I don't think any African-American child will surpass."
On Long Island, Trayvon Martin's Father Talks About Son, Emmett Till
Published Apr 24, 2014 at 7:33 AM | Updated at 8:06 AM EDT on Apr 24, 2014
The father of Trayvon Martin hopes his son's death re-ignites the fight for civil rights and teaches tolerance, and says his name belongs in the history books next to Emmett Till, who was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of flirting with a white woman.
Tracy Martin spoke to an audience at Nassau Community College on Wednesday.
Martin's son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder under Florida's "stand your ground" law.