Trayvon Martin’s birthday recently passed on February 5th, marking what would’ve been his 23rd birthday. Instead of celebrating, we’re close to marking the sixth year since his death in 2012 and the debate he became a focus for soon after. To mark the anniversary, the Trayvon Martin Foundation, founded by his parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, held their sixth annual Peace Walk And Talk in Miami. The walk itself invites “youth, community activists, faith leaders, and celebrities” out to stand for the right of people not to be “pursued, chased, profiled or shot and killed on their streets.” Other victims of gun violence also take part in the walk, but this year saw a special guest appear to share his take on Martin’s legacy.
Jay-Z, who is currently behind a film and documentary series on the slain teen, made an appearance at the event to support Martin’s parents and to share a powerful message:
“His name will sit alongside some of the greats whom (sic) lost their life 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 and push us in a better direction.”
The event itself seemed to be a success and the rapper’s presence gave it some extra attention across the media. The city of Miami Gardens also presented the Trayvon Martin Foundation with $5,000 from proceeds of the Jazz In The Gardens event from 2017 according to Sybrina Fulton on Instagram.
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@Regranned from @jazzgardens – Today @cityofmiamigardens mayor @ogilbert3 and Councilwoman Robinson (@councilwoman_robinson) presented the Trayvon Martin Foundation with a $5,000 check from the 2017 proceeds of Jazz in the Gardens. Jazz in the Gardens is more than a music festival, it is an movement that brings the entire community together. When you purchase a ticket to the festival, know that a portion of those proceeds will be invested back into a nonprofit in the Miami Gardens community. @sybrinafulton and #TracyMartin ( @traybricks99) we’re so proud of the work your doing. Special s/o to #JayZ for coming through #MiamiGardens and sharing positive words. The 4:44 is always in rotation! ✊🏾 #JITG2018 #musicfest #partywithapurpose #morethanafestival #trayvonmartin #teamTrayvon #community #music