Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton on Sunday morning emotionally addressed Baltimore's Empowerment Temple, the church of the Rev. Jamal Bryant who has been at her side as national outcry has built over her son's death.
"It's so easy for me to cry right now but I can't because I have work to do," she told the congregation. "I was forced into this position, but I believe God is using me."
Martin, 17, was shot to death in February in Sanford, Fla., returning home after a trip to get snacks at a 7-Eleven. A neighborhood watchman named Geroge Zimmerman who shot Martin, though not initially charged with a crime, now faces a second-degree murder charge.
Fulton, wearing a gray cocktail suit with sparkling buttons, said the support of people like those at Empowerment Temple has helped to keep her going.
"My heart is filled right now," she told the church, who gave her a standing ovation and deafening applause and cheers. "Just to see you all, just to see Baltimore."
During the service Bryant called Fulton "the mother of the new civil rights movment" and "this generation's Rosa Parks."
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