Tracy Martin wants son in history books

George Zimmerman acquitted in fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin

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Trayvon Benjamin Martin was a 17-year-old African-American high school student who lived in Miami Gardens, Fla., with his mother, Sybrina Fulton. In February 2012, Martin was visiting his father, Tracy Martin, in Sanford, Fla., after receiving a 10-day suspension from Krop Senior High School. The suspension stemmed from the discovery of drug residue in Martin's book bag.

NEW YORK - The father of Trayvon Martin hopes his son's death re-ignites the fight for civil rights and teaches tolerance.

Tracy Martin spoke to an audience at Nassau Community College on Wednesday.

According to Newsday, Martin said he would like to see his son's name "in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till."

Till was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of flirting with a white woman.

Martin's son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder.

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