Recounting the life and legacy of the young man whose 2012 shooting death divided the country and serve as the genesis for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the six-part original docu-series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is set to premiere on the Paramount Network on Monday, July 30th at 10 p.m. ET.
Spearheaded by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and co-directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the project is based on Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin‘s book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. Carter, Furst, Nason, Fulton, and Martin serves as executive producers alongside Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, and Nick Sandow.
17-year-old African American high school student Trayvon Martin was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in the Sanford, Florida, on February 26th, 2012, while visiting a friend with his father. Martin’s assailant, George Zimmerman, used Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law to claim self-defense and was acquitted of second-degree murder. The reaction to the killing and subsequent trial would spark outrage and protests across the country; raising issues about racism, classism, police brutality, and gun control that the nation is still coming to terms with today.
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story includes interviews, home videos, family photos, and news footage to separate fact from fiction and features a number of voices, including: Fulton, Martin, Donald Crump, Angela Rye, Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Carmelo Anthony.
Based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the six-part docuseries focuses on the killing of the Florida teenager that became a huge American talking point and helped spur the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The announcement comes on the six-year anniversary of his death.
The unarmed high school student was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Sanford, where they both lived. Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking protests and outrage. Rest in Power delves into the heart of the story, which the network says is more than a tragic narrative about a young man’s life cut short — it’s a story about race, politics, power, money and the U.S. criminal justice system.