Jay-Z spent the weekend honoring Trayvon Martin and his family in South Florida.
On Saturday (Feb 10), the 4:44 rapper joined Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin at their 6th annual “Trayvon Martin Peace Walk & Peace Talk” at the Betty T Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami. After Fulton and Martin led the crowd on a triumphant walk, Jay-Z hit the stage to praise the family’s efforts. While surrounded by esteemed community leaders, Jay explained how Trayvon’s untimely death has affected the world, and took a stand for all those who have lost their lives to hate-filled violence and police brutality.
Hov first established a relationship with Martin’s family after hosting his “Justice for Trayvon Martin” assembly in New York City a year after Martin was killed in Orlando by George Zimmerman. With his documentary on Trayvon Martin set to debut on the Paramount Network, the Roc Nation CEO has remained extremely close with Martin’s family, and continues to show them how much he cares.
“It’s a beautiful thing that Sybrina and Tracy are doing with their strength,” Jay-Z said to the crowd. “Thank you, for being here. It’s the support you guys are showing, and the strength that Tracy Sybrina and the family are showing. We want to make sure we stand in support and never forget. Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to all the people out here. So you guys will never have to go through the pain and the hurt that these guys went through. His name will sit alongside some of the greats who lost their life to push our culture forward. The Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. That’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and push us in a better direction.”
Hov has always been a dedicated advocate for civil rights, and he’s proved it on numerous occasions. After coming to Meek Mill’s defense in the New York Times last year, Hov and his TIDAL team made strides to establish the imprisoned Maybach Music Group MC’s presence at the Super Bowl in Minnesota. On the night before the game, the TIDAL squad handed out Philadelphia Eagles jerseys with “Free Meek Mill” on the back.
Watch Jay-Z express his gratitude to the citizens of Miami below.