The king and queen of music had one name on their minds Saturday morning: Trayvon Martin.
One week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murder and manslaughter charges, Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z joined protestors in New York City to kick off a nationwide rally in support of the slain teenager.
Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton was also at Manhattan rally, along with Rev. Al Sharpton.
[Photo courtesy of Rev. Al Sharpton/Twitter]
“Justice for Trayvon” rallies took place in some 100 cities across the country.
The day before, Beyonce asked her fans to sign a petition asking the Department of Justice to open a civil rights cast against Zimmerman.
“We are still struggling with the issue of inequality and the lack of value for a black man’s life. Trayvon Martin’s most basic civil right, the right to live, was violated,” she wrote on her website.
“We have made so much progress and cannot allowed hatred and racism to divide us. When we all join together, people of all races, we have the power to change the world we live in.”
More than 588,000 people have signed the petition so far.