Tallahassee, FL - It's been almost a year since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed near Orlando.
The death of the unarmed teen - and no arrest - led to nationwide protests. George Zimmerman was later charged in the shooting.
It began as a celebration for what would've been Martin Luther King Junior's 84th birthday, but it ended with a standing ovation for a mom.
Her son's death has also left a mark on history.
Sybrina Fulton was Trayvon Martin's mother.
The 17 year old was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer almost a year ago.
Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin, stated, "I miss him but I understand that somebody has to speak for him."
The story sparked outrage because the shooter wasn't arrested.
It also put Florida's Stand Your Ground law under the microscope.
Tuesday she thanked the people she says told her son's story first.
Sybrina Fulton: "it was schools like TCC FAMU FSU so I wanted to make sure I came out to say thank you."
The family's attorney Ben Crump was the keynote speaker for TCC's MLK event, but for some students, the highlight was Fulton.
Stephanie Valsaint, TCC Student, stated, "it's a story that I've been following since it's been out there and it was just great to finally hear from his mother, her point of view and meet her."
Martin would've turn 18 on February 1.
Tallahassee, FL - Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and Ben Crump spoke at TCC at 11:30am Tuesday morning. It's part of a black history event at the campus.
WCTV spoke with Fulton and will bring you more tonight on Eyewitness News.