Jahvaris Fulton, the older brother of slain Sanford, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, recently graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.
Fulton, 22, has made the best of his opportunities since losing his little brother to violence. Prior to graduating, Jahvaris served as a congressional intern for Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.
Wilson, a founder of 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, also counts Fulton as a member who helped to encourage at-risk in Miami-Dade schools to stay in school.
Mychal Bell, who made national headlines a little over 8 years ago as part of the “Jena 6,” has earned his college degree. In 2006, Bell and five other Black teens were charged as adults with attempted murder and conspiracy charges following the beating of a white Jena High School student. The case received national media attention and sparked protests by people who viewed the arrests and charges as excessive and racially motivated.
Bell was tried and convicted, but his conviction was overturned after a judge ruled he should have been tried as a juvenile. Much of the coverage of the case highlighted racial tension in the small La Salle Parish town in northern Louisiana. Which is still a problem that people are facing now.
According to The Baton Rouge Advocate, Bell received his bachelor’s degree in educational interdisciplinary studies at Southern University’s Fall graduation on Dec. 12th.