Jay-Z made a surprise appearance alongside the parents of Trayvon Martin at a Miami event honoring the late teenager over the weekend.
Standing next to Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton and father Tracy Martin at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater, Hov 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.”
Jay-Z’s appearance had not been publicized beforehand. The annual event honors Trayvon, who was shot and killed in 2013 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of the murder as a result of Flordia’s Stand Your Ground law. February 5th marked what would’ve been Trayvon’s 23rd birthday.