Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, to speak at MATC Soul Food Celebration March 14

Sybrina Fulton

Sybrina Fulton

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 14, at the 22nd annual Soul Food Celebration, sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Black Student Union and Office of Student Life.

Part of MATC’s Black History Month celebration, Fulton will present “Empowering Our Youth.” A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program/dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit MATC’s Black Student Union.

Advance tickets for the dinner will be available in Room M322 in the Main Building and S303 in the Student Center at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 700 W. State St. They are also available at the Cashier Offices at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee, Mequon, Oak Creek and West Allis campuses.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call (414) 297-6306.

Martin died during a violent confrontation in Florida with neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in 2012.

The publicity surrounding the Zimmerman shooting trial sparked national debate.

Since her son’s death, Fulton has dedicated her life to bringing about social change.

She speaks against violence toward children, and advocates for safer communities and educating children about civil rights and acceptance.

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912.

Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online.

MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community.

The college offers 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and a Pre-College Education division that assists people to complete high school, prepare for college or enter the workforce.

Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.

The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.