Jay-Z made a surprise appearance at a peace walk in memory of Trayvon Martin on Saturday (9 February).
The rapper stood alongside the parents of Martin, who was fatally shot at the age of 17 in 2012, at the sixth annual Peace Walk and Talk held by the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Watch a clip of the speech below.
Jay-Z, who was recently threatened by Trayvon Martin’s shooter, praised the teenager’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. He said:
“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.
“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 was not advertised before the march.
In 2013, Jay-Z attended a rally in New York alongside wife Beyonce, that called for justice after Martin’s death.
In the well publicised case, George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter, claiming he acted in self defence despite Martin not possessing any weapons.
Last year, the rapper announced his intentions to produce a documentary series about the teenager.