Jay-Z made a surprise appearance alongside the parents of Trayvon Martin at a Miami event that honored the late teenager Saturday.
Standing next to Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and father Tracy Martin at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater, Jay-Z delivered a short speech to the hundreds of marchers at the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk, the Miami Herald reports.
“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,” the rapper said.
“And his name will sit alongside 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.”
In 2013, Jay-Z and Beyonce attended a New York rally that demanded justice following Martin’s death. Last March, Jay-Z announced plans to produce both a six-part docuseries and a feature film about Martin. However, the status of Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story – co-produced by Harvey Weinstein’s Weinstein Company and based on a book by his lawyer Lisa Bloom, who initially represented the disgraced producer against sexual assault claims – remains unclear following the Weinstein scandal.