Rapper Jay-Z attended the Peace Walk & Peace Talk in Miami Gardens last weekend. He elevated Trayvon Martin’s name alongside those of spiritual leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi….Say what???

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Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter joined hundreds of marchers at the rally to honor victims of gun violence, including Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teenager who was shot to death in February 2012 while in his father’s Central Florida neighborhood.

Jay-Z joined Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, on stage at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater.

“We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” Jay-Z said.

Of Trayvon, Jay-Z said: “His name will sit alongside the greats whom lost their lives to push our culture forward — the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. That’s the intention we set so his name will serve as a beacon of light and hope to push our culture forward in a better direction.”

Brenda Martin Providence, a friend of Trayvon’s mother, volunteered at the Peace Walk. She didn’t expect to see the high-profile rapper whose appearance hadn’t been publicized.

“It means a lot to the community when you see people like Jay-Z who come out to support your cause,” Providence said. “With everything going on, we all need to support the cause because our youth are dying in the streets.

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