Justin Timberlake and rapper Jay Z made time during their show at New York City’s Yankee Stadium to honor the teenager whose killer was freed in the court room a week ago.
Two starts performed in New York City this weekend for the latest stops on their co-headliningÂ Legends of the Summer Tour, reports The Huffington Post.
The news comes a day after the rapper and his wife Beyonce attended New York rally in support of Trayvon Martin’s civil rights that, as people believe, were violated.
Jay Z and his famous wife didnât want to speak at the rally but wanted to support Martinâs family.
Thousands of Americans went into the streets on SaturdayÂ to express their anger over the verdict in the highly discussed case.
Hundreds of Americans marched to rally at federal courthouses in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities all over the country, demanding âjustice for Trayvonâ and urging to put an end to racial discriminations that they said was at the heart of the case.
New York saw one of the largest rallies on Saturday, in which participated more than 2,000 protesters, carrying âBoycott Floridaâ signs or wearing T-shirts with the teenâs picture and headed by an emotional Sybrina Fulton, Trayvonâs mother.
âTrayvon was a child,â she said. âI think sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle because as I sat in the courtroom, it made me think they were talking about another man. And it wasnât. It was a child.â
In Los Angeles, about 500 people gathered near the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, waving signs claiming âOpen Season on the Black Manâ and âThis Should Not Be OK in 2013 America.â
In Chicago, some 500 people rallied across from the Everett McKinley Dirksen federal courthouse.
âWe are standing up here today to say to our young people, âwe value your lives,ââ said Chicago Urban League Chief Executive Officer Andrea Zopp, who has a 17-year-old son. âThe civil rights movement is not over.â
Rapper MC Lyte told the crowd: âWhen the verdict was read, I felt like we lost Trayvon Martin all over again.â
By the way, the U.S. president is also anong those who support Martin’s family and urges to stop violating rights of afro-americans.
âWhen 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,â Obama said during White House press briefing.
The U.S. president went on, adding that he understands why the nation is so disappointed with the last weekâs verdict, However, he admitted that the jurors decision should be respected as the trial was conducted âin a professional mannerâ.
There are celebrities who have spoken out on the case include singerÂ Bruce Springsteen, who dedicated his song “American Skin (41 Shots)” to Martin, andÂ Stevie Wonder, who announced that he will no longer tour in FloridaÂ until the state changes its Stand Your Ground laws.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” the singer said in Quebec City.
“As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that – for those of you whoâve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world – we canât bring them back.”
“What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. Thatâs what I know we can do,” Wonder added.