Power couple Jay Z and Beyonce attended a rally for Trayvon Martin in New York City today.
Together, they joined MSNBC host Al Sharpton and community leaders to protest Stand Your Ground laws. This is just one of the protests and rallies that took place in 100 cities in America, reacting to the death of Martin, a 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot by neighbourhood watch coordinator in February 2012.
“Jay Z and Beyonce said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op,” Sharpton told the crowd. “Beyonce put a beautiful message up on Instagram. Let me tell you, that before a lot of you were down, Jay Z always supported us.”
“Jay Z told me, ‘I’m a father. Beyonce is a mother.’ We all feel the pain and apprehension — the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody,” he continued. “We do not come from hate, we come from love of children.”
Beyonce isn’t the only one in the family who’s speaking out. Her sister Solange recently quoted Malcolm X to speak out on the verdict of George Zimmerman as well: