Power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé joined thousands yesterday to support Trayon Martin by rallying against the Stand Your Ground laws.
The Huffington Post reports the celebrities joined Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton at a New York City rally on July 20, a week after neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was found not guilty in fatally shooting unarmed 17-year-old Martin.
The couple was joined by speaker Al Sharpton who Rolling Stone reports, said to the crowd, "Jay Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension - the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody," he continued. "We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."
Sharpton also told the crowd that Jay Z and Beyoncé were not there for a photo opportunity and decided not to speak.
On Friday night Jay Z dedicated the song Forever Young to Martin at his concert with Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium. Rolling Stone also reported Beyoncé called for a moment of silence at her concert in Nashville the night the verdict was reached, followed by the chorus of I Will Always Love You.
President Barack Obama referenced the case in a press briefing on July 19.
The Huffington Post reports Obama said, "When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama said. "I think it's important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away. There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me."
Protests and rallies against the Stand Your Ground laws took place in 100 cities across the country.