*With a special edition of its September issue, Ebony Magazine looks to do its part to honor the life of Trayvon Martin while exploring the “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Ebony will be pushing out four separate covers with the headline “We Are Trayvon” featuring the slain teenager’s family, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin with their son Jahvaris Fulton.
The other covers will feature celebrities such as director Spike Lee and his son Jackson, actor Boris Kodjoe and his son Nicolas and NBA star Dwyane Wade with his sons Zaire and Zion, all wearing grey hoodies.
The images precede an exclusive interview with Martin’s parents and a piece with Lee, Kodjoe and Wade exploring how they approach the topic of racism with their sons.
Columbia University professor and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill also contributed an article that addresses racial profiling. The issues will also feature a prayer of healing by Bishop T.D. Jakes and a poem for Trayvon Martin by Jill Scott and more.
“As a mother of a young Black boy, the tragedy of Travyon Martin affected me deeply,” said Ebony’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Barnett in a press release. “We simply cannot allow the conversations on this issue to come to a standstill. As the leading source for an authoritative perspective on the African-American community, at Ebony we are committed to serving as a hub for Black America to explore solutions, and to giving readers the information and tools they need to help ensure a bright future for all of our children.”
In conjunction with Ebony’s five-part “Saving Our Sons” series, which launched in the May 2013 issue, the glossy is partnering with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans to host a series of town hall meetings across the country to discuss the state of Black boys. The program will run from November 2013 to December 2014 and commence at Morehouse College.