Beyonce took time out of her July 13 concert in Nashville to honor Trayvon Martin following the verdict that George Zimmerman was found not guilty of Martin’s murder. “I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” she told those in attendance at the show.
The concert took place 30 minutes after the Zimmerman verdict was announced. According to reports, she requested a moment of silence from the crowd and then sang the chorus of “I Will Always Love You” before singing “Halo.”
This is the type of behavior President Barack Obama asked the nation to exhibit following the ruling on the controversial case. In a statement, he says, “I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.”
Bey’s sister Solange Knowles also responded to the verdict by organizing a rally in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 14. “Our voices must be heart!” she tweets.