What to Know
- The sixth annual peace walk and talk to commemorate the life of Trayvon Martin was held Saturday in Miami Gardens.
- Rappers Jay-Z and Flo Rida were in attendance.
- Martin was killed in February 2012.
February 26th marks the sixth anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. The teen’s death sparked outrage against racial profiling. But Saturday was all about unity as his family, the community and even some big names in music came out for their annual peace walk and talk.
“I’m just excited to remember my son,” said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother. “I mean, even though it was my son that was shot and killed, I stand for all of our children that hopefully they get home safely. My son wasn’t able to get home safely because of senseless gun violence.”
Hundreds showed up in Miami Gardens, donning their red shirts for the peace walk.
“As always, this is a touching day. It’s important that we continue to do the work. I think that you can’t start something and stop, so we vow to stay in this fight for our son as long as we live so it’s good to come out and see everybody and support,” said Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father.
While there were marching bands and dancing, there was also a somber tone. The 17-year-old’s death in February 2012 sparked nationwide protests against racial profiling. Former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was acquitted in the July 2013 case.
Following the peace walk, crowds gathered at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater, where they held an open conversation and peace talk.
Big names like Jay-Z and Flo Rida came out to show their support.
“We want to make sure that we stand in support and we never forget. Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to all the people out here, so you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt these guys went through,” said Jay-Z.
“We expect to be treated equal and my condolences to Sybrina and Tracy Martin, you know, I stand here in peace and love,” said Flo Rida.