Chris Jackson, editor-in-chief of Random House’s One World imprint sat with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his new initiative in the literary world of black and brown authors. Jackson, a Harlem raised New Yorker, didn’t divulge any information about the Prince memoir, however, he did offer a few details about the memoir being written by Trayvon Martin’s parents.
“I’m doing a book with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s parents,” Jackson said. “It’s amazing. Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter,” Jackson said.
Jackson said “Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” isn’t just a book about Trayvon Martin’s short life. “It’s not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it’s also how that moment ignited this global movement,” Jackson continued.
On February 26, 2012, while spending time with his father, Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin returned home from a nearby convenience store after purchasing a pack of Skittles and ice tea. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchmen, called 911 and reported “a real suspicious guy.” Ignoring the instructions by the dispatcher, Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin, which set off a confrontation that led to Trayvon death.
Since Trayvon’s death, Sybrina Fulton, along with several other mothers who have lost their sons to gun violence and law enforcement, have been on the front lines doing all they can to ensure no other parent endures what they’ve experienced.
“Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” will be released January 17, 2017.