Jay-Z gives touching speech at Trayvon Martin Peace Walk in Florida
It was almost six years ago that George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin and to this day, the teen’s death still resonates all over the country. In Florida, Martin’s parents Sybrina and Tracy hold a Trayvon Martin Peace Walk & Peace Talk and this year Jay-Z was there and shared a moving speech.
“It’s a beautiful thing that Sybrina and Tracy are doing with their strength,” he began. “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.”
His talk was given at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens and when he was through speaking, the group assembled went on a march through the streets. As they walked people were chanting while wearing red shirts with a picture of Trayvon Martin on them.
Last year, Jay-Z said he was going to put out a documentary series on Trayvon. The series will be based on the books Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.
When George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin, found out about this series he was far from happy about it.
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