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Follow Our Hashtag #LTT2015 | Hosted at Arcadia University | February 28, 2015

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About Letters to Trayvon

Celebration of Black Men & Boys.

About Campaign

A social media campaign designed to flood the internet with positive images of Black men and boys, articles, quotes, poetry, and music that speaks to the challenges and triumphs of Black men and boys.

Begins Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. (the time Trayvon was pronounced dead), via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The campaign ends Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

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Letters to Our Brothers

Letters to Our Brothers is a citywide letter writing contest for high school students. Students in grades 9-12 will write letters expressing how they felt when they heard about the death of Trayvon Martin. Three letters will be chosen and the winners will read their letter at the 2015 exhibition program.

Letters to Trayvon

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, there will be an art exhibit and a discussion with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father at Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. This event will feature the Letters to Trayvon Exhibit, community leaders, special guests, a display the work of black male visual artists, and the photographic exhibit by Denise Allen,“By the Content of My Character: Portraits of Young African American Men” – which represents young African American men in a positive light. 

About Tracy Martin

TracyMartin_clipSince the 2012 death of his son, Trayvon, in a violent confrontation, Tracy Martin has committed his life to transforming tragedy into change. Despite his devastating loss, Martin was able to channel his immeasurable heartache into the immense strength needed to elicit positive change. He now is fighting for the broad societal shift required to ensure that a similar incident never claims the life of another child.

Martin’s message of change extends to families from all walks of life. He encourages parents, relatives, caregivers and teachers to let their sons, daughters, and other loved ones know that their lives are valuable and to stress that they are loved no matter how society views them. He also emphasizes the dangers of judging a person’s character based solely on their appearance, as represented by his son’s iconic hoodie sweatshirt.

Although his son is gone, Martin hopes his tragic death helps to heal the country, acting as motivation for parents and caregivers to keep fighting for the safety of all children. Through his thought provoking speeches, Martin helps foster the necessary conversations that can help keep every family safe from needless violence.

By sharing his personal and powerful stories, Martin encourages diverse audiences – from colleges and legal professionals to community and family organizations – to become more educated on ways to keep their loved ones safe and empower themselves to become catalysts for social change.

 

A Celebration of Black Men & Boys! 

A Mission Incorporated Project

Campaign History

"This campaign entitled 'Letters to Trayvon' is about more than one boy or one family."

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I took to twitter on the two year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death to announce to the world that I was about to embark upon this really profound project in tribute to Trayvon, his family, and to countless others who have suffered the loss of loved ones to violence and racial injustice.

As I scrolled down my feed past a number of tweets related to the Kardashians and Miley Cyrus, it seemed that when it came to Trayvon Martin…everyone had forgotten. That night, only myself and two other people had mentioned the anniversary of his death – February 26, 2012 at 7:30pm.

I thought to myself, “this cannot be”. I knew that the death of Trayvon Martin had evoked powerful feelings in all of us. I remembered the images of elected officials sporting hoodies. I remembered the fear, sadness, and anger in all of us – that somehow only two years later was already on its way to becoming a distant memory. Later when we heard about Michael Brown and Jordan Davis, it hit me – we had not forgotten at all, we had simply come to view racism the way coastal folk deal with tropical storms – gather one’s strength and wait for the next one.

A few weeks later, I sat down with a group of five women to discuss my plans for an exhibit, discussion, and celebration of black men and boys called Letters to Trayvon.

I wanted a campaign that helps young black men see the world as a place welcoming of their unique perspective, in awe of their tenacity and strength, versed in their value, and protective of their life.

-Lawanda Horton

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On Saturday, February 28, 2015, there will be an art/ photo exhibit and an interview discussion lead by WURD’s 900AM host Solomon Jones with Mr. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, on the campus of Arcadia University in the Commons Great Room, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

This event will feature the Letters to Trayvon Exhibit, community leaders, special guests, and will display the work of black male visual artists.

We will have a VIP Reception before our main event from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. hosted by State Representative Stephen Kinsey.

Below are your registration options.

NOTE: TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

VIP Reception – $50.00 General Entrance – $10.00 Make a Donation

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  • He was a kid. They didn’t know him as a human being, a very decent human being, a fun-loving kid.
    He loved kids. 

    Tracy Martin
  • You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son.

    President Obama

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LETTERS TO TRAYVON 2015
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Partner Organization—$5,000
 Showcased in all Pre and Post Event Materials/Media Announcements
 Four complementary tickets to the opening reception
 Full page Ad in Program
 Featured on event Signage
 Listing in Business Directory

Unity Sponsor—$2,000
 Showcased in all Pre and Post event materials/media announcements
 Two complementary tickets to opening reception
 Half page Ad in program
 Featured on event signage
 Listing in Business Directory

Community Sponsor—$1,000
 One guest ticket to opening reception
 Quarter Page in Program
 Featured on event signage
 Listing in Business Directory

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*All sponsors will receive social media shout outs to over a combined 10,000 followers.
*To complete your sponsorship, please mail your check to the contact information below or email info@missionincdevelopment.com

100 Black Businesses

Mission Incorporated is looking for 100 Black Businesses to show their support for this project and our efforts to end the racial profiling of black men and boys by making a contribution. Businesses will be included in a directory distributed to attendees at the Letters to Trayvon Exhibit Opening. Proceeds benefit the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Black Male Development Symposium.

Directory Listing $100
Your listing will include: Name of organization, address, telephone/fax/cell and website

Pay for Directory Listing Online

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your completed sponsorship form with check, cash, or money order to:

Mission Incorporated
5537 Germantown Avenue
Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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