The Trayvon Martin verdict July 13, 2013 will be a day few African-Americans will ever forget. On that night, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The verdict sparked nationwide protests and calls for reform of our country's self-defense gun laws.

2013 was not one of our favorites.

Although the economy showed improvement, the setbacks of Obamacare and the government shutdown overshadowed the post-2012 election euphoria.

There were some promising developments in pop culture, with African-Americans making great strides in film and music.

We also recognized some important milestones: the anniversaries of ‘I Have a Dream’ and the death of Medgar Evers.

And we lost one of history’s greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela.

From the Trayvon Martin case to Miley Cyrus’ infamous twerking, this won’t be a year any of us will soon forget.

Take a trip down memory lane we recognize the 10 biggest stories of the year in black America.