When Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, Amir Randall was only 12 years old and barely aware of the racial conflagration that quickly erupted. Four years later, as a 16-year-old actor tasked with portraying the slain Florida teenager, Randall has been stunned to discover the similarities between Martin and himself.
“It was kind of scary how relatable he was to me,” says Randall, who plays the title role in New Freedom Theatre’s “The Ballad of Trayvon Martin.”
“He played football, liked sports and lifting weights and talking to girls and I like the same things. He wanted to be a pilot; I wanted to be a pilot. It’s crazy that something like that could happen in the blink of an eye: you’re living 17 years having all these dreams and then your life’s taken in an instant.”