Posted on Sun Jul 21st, 2013 11:25am PDT
Beyonce and Jay Z attended a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin Saturday in New York City.
The singers met with Rev. Al Sharpton and Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, yesterday at the event. The rally was organized on the heels of George Zimmerman's acquittal last week.
George, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed Trayvon, who was unarmed, in self defense when the teen assaulted him last year. The tragic event reignited an ongoing national debate about racial profiling. George was found not guilty of second-degree murder during his July 13 sentencing.
Al Sharpton gave a shout-out to the couple during his speech. "Jay Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," he said. "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."
The Instagram post was a black photo captioned "#justicefortrayvon."
"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," Al continued. "We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."
The duo has been very vocal about the tragedy. Jay Z and Justin Timberlake dedicated a rendition of "Forever Young" to Trayvon during their Friday night concert at Yankee Stadium. "This is for Trayvon so light up your cell phones New York!," Jay yelled. Bey acted similarly a week earlier, asking the crowd to participate in a moment of silence before singing "I Will Always Love You" and "Halo" during her July 13 concert, which started after the verdict was announced.
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