Jay Z and Beyonce was present at Trayvon Martin Protest Rally
The music stars join Tens of Thousands of Americans at rallies, as the black teenager’s parents vow to continue their “fight”.
(L-R) Beyonce, Jay Z, Sybrina Fulton and Rev Al Sharpton (Pic: TheRevAl)
The singer and her rapper husband made a surprise appearance at the protest in front of the New York police department alongside Sybrina Fulton, the dead teenager’s mother.
The crowd erupted in cheers when the celebrity couple turned up. “No concerts in Florida!” some chanted, a reference to Stevie Wonder’s pledge to boycott states with Stand Your Ground lethal force laws.
In Miami, where Trayvon was brought up, demonstrators sang the civil rights protest anthem “We Shall Overcome” before his father Tracy Martin spoke.
The parents of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot dead in Florida, have joined protesters during a day of demonstrations across the United States.
The 17-year-old’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, addressed the crowd in New York, backed by music stars Jay Z and Beyonce, who joined campaigners in a moment of prayer.
Protests were held in more than 100 US cities, sparked by the acquittal of Neighbourhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
He was found not guilty of killing Trayvon during an altercation in a gated community in February 2012, after successfully arguing he was protecting himself when he shot the youngster.
See full story here: George Zimmerman was Found Not Guilty of Trayvon Martin Murder
Trayvon’s death has become a flashpoint in national debates over self-defence laws, guns, and race relations.
Mrs Fulton told protesters: “Trayvon may not have been perfect, but he was mine. We loved him, we supported him, we cared for him, just like you do your kids.
“Of course we’re hurting, of course we’re shocked and disappointed. But that just means that we have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight.”
Meanwhile, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, spoke at a vigil in Miami.
He vowed to “fight for Trayvon until the day I die”, adding: “This could be any one of our children. Our mission now is to make sure that this doesn’t happen to your child.”
The rallies came after President Barack Obama spoke publicly about Trayvon’s death and the deep frustrations felt among African Americans over the not guilty verdict.