As thousands gathered in more than 100 cities across the United States on Saturday (July 20) to protest Stand Your Ground laws in support of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012, one of Hip Hop’s most famous couples joined in.

Jay-Z and Beyonce attended a rally in Manhattan, New York, alongside Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.

“Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op,” said Sharpton, relayed “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 … We do not come from hate, we come from love of children.”

Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter after a nationally-televised trial.

Upon the Zimmerman verdict being announced, emcees such as Immortal Technique, Brother Ali, Young Jeezy, and SpaceGhostPurrp, among many others, quickly reacted to the news.

Jay-Z previously spoke on the matter as well, during his BBC Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe.

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