Deadline's Denise Petski retells what happened to Trayvon Martin ahead of the series premiere and how his tragic death started a movement:
Paramount Network has slotted July 30 at 10 p.m. for the premiere of “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” The network also unveiled the full trailer for the six-part original docuseries, which recounts the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, whose 2012 shooting death polarized the nation and gave rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Trayvon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African-American high school student shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in the Sanford, Florida, community on Feb. 26, 2012, where he was visiting a friend with his father. George Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense.
Supporters say his story is definitely worth capturing. It's tough for people to relive, but his unfortunate death sparked an intersectional Black liberation movement the same way Emmett Till's murder helped spark the Civil Rights Movement in the '50s and '60s.
But some people feel a film is unnecessary for right now. Let him rest.
The Twitter response to the film has been emotional. Some agree the film is eventually needed, but are concerned it may be too soon after Trayvon's death to release any series or film. Skeptics are also concerned Jay-Z is capitalizing on the young man's death. Many are still too traumatized by Trayvon's death to approve of the docu-series.