JAY-Z Honors Trayvon Martin At Annual Peace Walk: 'His Name Serves As A Beacon Of Light'

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A very special guest showed up to deliver a moving speech at the Trayvon Martin Foundation's sixth annual "Peace Walk and Peace Talk" in Miami this weekend.

The NY Daily News reports that JAY-Z made a surprise appearance at the event Saturday, just a few days after what would have been Trayvon's 23rd birthday, hailing the late teen as a "beacon of light" while standing alongside his parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

"We want to make sure that we stand in support and we never forget that Trayvon served as a beacon of light to all the people out here, so you guys would never have to go through the pain and the hurt that these guys [Fulton and Martin] went through," the 48-year-old rapper told the crowd. 

Jay added that Trayvon will be remembered as "one of the greats" who died in order "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," he asserted.

JAY-Z is reportedly preparing to release a documentary over the summer about Trayvon, titled: Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

Trayvon became a symbol of social injustice after he was shot and killed in 2012 at age 17 by a so-called neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted of all charges connected to Trayvon's tragic death. (Trayvon's death has since been recognized as one of the catalysts of the global Black Lives Matter movement.)

When many big personalities might shy away from hot-button issues like gun violence and #BlackLivesMatter, it's admirable of JAY-Z to put himself out there and join the cause to promote justice for all. *mic drop*

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ALICIA BARRóN

I'm a writer and photographer based in Arizona. I started as an entertainment reporter, evolved into a web producer, and somehow beautifully ended up as a full-time writer. I love to read, hike, and craft. I'm also a proud pug mom to Lola Maria, and a proud aunt to many a cool kid. 

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