Jay-Z made a surprise appearance at the sixth annual peace walk to honour the late Trayvon Martin.
The rapper delivered a short speech in the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheatre alongside Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and father Tracy Martin. In his speech the rapper said:
“We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through.”
“And his name will sit alongside some of the greats whom lost their lives 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 to push us in a better direction, so thank you guys for your support. Thank you for being here.”
The annual Peace Walk and Peach Talk takes place to honour Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2013. Despite the teenager being unarmed, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter due to the controversial Stand Your Ground Law in Florida.