Beyonce & Jay Z Attend Trayvon Martin Rally (PHOTO)

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

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abra819 abra819

Please..

nonmember avatar Summer

They are celebrities and just like regular people have the right to an opinion. I guarantee most people whining about this case Susan not watch the trial. Oh and I mean the actual trial not the doctored highlights of trial. Justice WAS served. They just don't like it. Not my problem.

nonmember avatar Sam

While I feel Mr. Zimmerman was stupid and reckless, I also believe he defended himself. If you reviewed ALL the evidence, it supports this fact. If you reviewed all the evidence that was never allowed in, you see that Mr. Martin was NOT a child, but a hot-headed thug hooked on drugs. Mr. Zimmerman, while stupid, broke no laws. Mr. Martin, who reveled in the culture of street-thuggery, drugs, and trying to be tough, "lived by the sword" and ultimately (and tragically) died by it. God have mercy on his soul. But young black men are killed every day --- where's the outrage over that? Oh wait, no one cares, because they are killed by other black men. People only care when the killing is done by someone of another race, so they can turn it into yet another excuse to stir up racial hatred.

nonmember avatar jen

So summer, how exactly was justice served?? You can say that zimmerman acted within the law because it was self dense and he stood his ground.That he was scared for his life? Well im pretty sure trayvon was scared for his life, trayvon stood his ground also but george zimmerman gets to live another day because only one of them started something he wasnt man enough to finish with his hands. Trayvon was profiled plain and simple. Alot of things happened during that trial but "Justice being served" was not one of them. I dont know if you have children but if you do, I hope they get home safe to you everynight

nonmember avatar mdw

i agree with Summer. They can no longer clain that they want JUSTICE for Trayvon. They want VENGEANCE for Trayvon.

Gail Trumbo

EVERY ONE MUST REMEMBER FIRST THAT STARS ARE PEOPLE FIRST AND STARS SECOND. THEY HAVE FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE. SO FOR THEM TO SHOW THEIR EMOTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING OR PERSON IS A NORMAL RESPONSE. ITS THEIR RIGHT TO FEEL; HOW EVER THE WANT JUST AS IT IS YOURS. ( BACK ME ON THIS ONE, HOW HUMAN ARE YOU? GMP IN OAKLAND CA.

Elaine Cox

im sure they will be speaking out about the failing school system,the majority of black children with no fathers,the rockerfeller drug laws,innocent babies being killed by gunfire and other problems facing black people...oh look i made a funny

Yolie Scott

Just free advertising. Now that this weekend is over, can we stop talking about TM, let it go.

wamom223 wamom223

If you have to ask how justice was served you don't understand our justice system.  Zimmerman did not defend himself until after he was attacked and that is one of the few pieces of FACTS that came out in the trial.  Maybe if more people understood our justice system they would be upset that Florida's Prosecutors have a huge problem with over charging, obviously from the Zimmerman case to the Casey Anthony Case and the case of the woman who got 20 years for shooting a wall.  Maybe if you quit believing the hype and looked into facts you would now what you SHOULD be upset about.  Notice how this blogger didn't mention how many people showed up?  Because its not worth mentioning.

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