Travyon Martin‘s parents have signed a book deal. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin is expected to hit shelves in January—almost five years after their son’s tragic death at the hands of George Zimmerman, and just shy of what would’ve been Trayvon’s 22nd birthday.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Random House’s One World editor Christopher Jackson announced that he’s working on a book with Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, titled Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.
The book is “amazing,” Jackson told THR. “Everyone who’s been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter,” he said. “It’s not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it’s also how that moment ignited this global movement.”
First, the book will bring “Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents’ eyes,” Jackson explained to THR. Then, it’ll cover “the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we’re still watching unfold five years later.”
The book is expected on January 31, 2017, just days before Trayvon’s birthday on Feb. 5. He would’ve been 22 years old.
The release date is almost five years after George Zimmerman shot the unarmed high school student in Florida on the night of Feb. 26, 2012. Claiming self-defense, Zimmerman was never punished for killing Trayvon, as he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.
It’s not clear when Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton signed with Jackson, but the parents have been planning a book since at least December 2013.
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