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Wade & sons' Ebony cover honors Trayvon Martin

Chicagoan and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade — himself in the midst of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife — appears with his sons on one of four special September issue covers of Ebony magazine.

Wade was one of the first professional athletes to post a photo of himself in a hooded sweatshirt after Trayvon Martin’s shooting death. Now, following George Zimmerman’s acquittal for that shooting, Wade and his two sons, Zaire and Zion, appear in hoodies on the cover of the Chicago-based publication’s new issue. The headline reads: “We Are Trayvon.”

The other three Ebony covers feature Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin with their son Jahvaris Fulton; director Spike Lee and his son Jackson; and actor and model Boris Kodjoe with his son, Nicolas.

In a release, Ebony editor-in-chief Amy Barnett said, “As a mother of a young Black boy, the tragedy of Trayvon Martin affected me deeply. We simply cannot allow the conversations on this issue to come to a standstill. As the leading source for an authoritative perspective on the African-American community, at Ebony we are committed to serving as a hub for Black America to explore solutions, and to giving readers the information and tools they need to help ensure a bright future for all of our children.”

Ebony released images of the covers to its Instagram account: