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Right after the jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, legendary Grammy winning artist Stevie Wonder decided to to boycott any state with the “Stand Your Ground” laws. Zimmerman did not stand by the “Stand Your Ground” law during his trial, but the law played a part in the police’s decisions to not initially arrest Zimmerman after the slaying of Martin.
Stevie wonder issued a statement about his boycott stating:
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said at a concert in Quebec City. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”
After Stevie’s decision to not perform in any state that abides by the controversial law, a number of A-list celebrities have joined in the crusade. The list includes Madonna, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Will I Am, the Rolling Stones, R. Kelly, Joe, Pattie Labelle, Rod Stewart, Eddie Levert, Keyshia Cole, Parliament, Wale, Frankie Beverly, Young Jeezy and Erykah Badu.
The states that carry the “Stand Your Ground” law include;
Saturday, rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce attended the Trayvon Martin rally in New York City alongside Rev. Al Sharpton.
Friday night although, Jay Z made an even more emenced tribute to Trayvon with fellow artist Justin Timberlake at their “Legends of the Summer” concert at Yankee Stadium. They performed Jay Z’s hit song “Forever Young”. As the song swayed the audience, Jay exclaimed “Let’s light the sky for Trayvon Martin tonight in here,” to the crowd.