Watch Jay-Z Call Trayvon Martin A 'Beacon Of Light And Hope' At Miami Peace Walk
Trayvon Martin would’ve been 23 on February 5. In his honor (as well as in remembrance of his death on February 26, 2012) the Trayvon Martin Foundation had its sixth annual Peace Walk and Talk in Miami, which featured a special appearance from Jay-Z.
“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,” Jay said of Martin. “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 Brooklyn rapper also acknowledged Martin’s parents — Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin — and the strength they exhibited following their son’s death.
Last year it was announced that Jay was going to release a film and documentary series on Martin after acquiring the rights to two books centered on his life.
The two books are Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, written by attorney Lisa Bloom, and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, which was authored by Trayvon’s parents.
Suspicion mostly was a fact-based book that covered the trial, while Rest in Power was a loving, intimate profile about their son Trayvon and how the case affected their family.