Jay Z and Beyonce at Trayvon Martin Protest Rally

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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”.

Rev Al Sharpton, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton

(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.

Beyoncé and Jay Z made an appearance at the protest in front of the NYPD (Getty Images)

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.

See: [Updates on the Trayvon Martin case] Obama Files Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman and Protesters Erupt into streets

Tracy Martin speaks at a rally for his son in Miami (Reuters)

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.

An earlier rally in reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in New York
Thousands of people have joined protests across the United States

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.

See full story here: Barack Obama Speaks emotionally about Trayvon Martin’s Murder and George Zimmerman being Found Not Guilty

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin (L) was shot by George Zimmerman (R)
Protesters rally in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial in the Brooklyn Borough of New York

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Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Dedicate “Forever Young” to Trayvon Martin at the New York stop of the ‘Legend Of the Summer Tour’
Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake rocked the first of their sold-out shows, taking over Yankee Stadium in New York City Friday night and paying tribute to Trayvon Martin while they were at it.The “Suit & Tie” duo saved the last song of their concert for the tribute, with JAY Z and Timberlake performing a rendition of “Forever Young” in honor of the late teen.

“This is for Trayvon, so light up your cell phones New York!,” JAY Z yelled, with Timberlake adding, “One more time for Trayvon New York!”

Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake
In addition to their tribute, the pair brought along a couple of surprise performers, with Alicia Keys popping up during JAY Z’s performance of “Empire State of Mind,” and Timbaland hitting the stage for Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”

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See: Barack Obama Speaks emotionally about Trayvon Martin’s Murder and George Zimmerman being Found Not GuiltySee: [Updates on the Trayvon Martin case] Obama Files Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman and Protesters Erupt into streets
See: George Zimmerman was Found Not Guilty of Trayvon Martin Murder

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