Trayvon Martin and his father
Trayvon Martin and his father, Tracy Martin in undated photo. (Source: Martin family)

2012 was a groundbreaking year for black America.

President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as president with over 50 percent of the vote. Gabby Douglas’ triumph at the Olympic Games was an inspiration. And the death of Trayvon Martin riveted the nation.

These were just a few of the stories that shook up the world and dominated theGrio’s news coverage throughout the year.

Being an election year, 2012 was dominated by politics, but there were also developments in the world of pop culture and sports as well.

Check out our slideshow of the biggest events of the year — and let us know, what do you think is the most important story of the past year?

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