beyonce jay z al sharptonRallies honoring Trayvon Martin took place across the country yesterday as some Americans grapple with George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict.

The peaceful protest in New York had some major star power behind it as Beyonce and Jay Z stood alongside activist Al Sharpton, who spoke at the rally.

He called the musical power couple "two of the baddest artists of all-time," and added:

Jay Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op. 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.

This isn't Beyonce and Jay Z's first show of support for Trayvon Martin's family. While they were relatively low-key at the New York rally, they have both been pretty outspoken about Trayvon Martin's death and their displeasure with the Zimmerman verdict.

On July 19, Beyonce tweeted:

#actnow4Travyon

She also asked her fans to sign a petition on MoveOn.org asking the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman.

She also wrote on her Tumblr:

"Trayvon Martin's most basic civil right, the right to live, was violated."

At a concert in Miami last week -- after George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict came in -- Beyonce asked her fans for a moment of silence. She then sang before singing "I Will Always Love You" and "Halo."

 

Jay Z also showed his support for Trayvon at the rally and last night at the Legends of the Summer tour, when he dedicated the song "Forever Young" to Trayvon Martin. "This is for Trayvon, so light up your cell phones New York!" he shouted.

Justin Timberlake added: "One more time for Trayvon, New York!"

What do you think of celebrities getting involved in social and political causes during concerts?

 

Image via Beyonce