Just over eight years ago, on February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. What spurred a mass protest against black rights across America, has now inspired a new documentary by Jay-Z.
Featuring interviews from Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin; Martin family lawyer Benjamin Crump, Angela Rye, Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Carmelo Anthony and others, the documentary will be split in to six parts. Examining the murder, and larger social problem in America, the documentary will delve deep into the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of the shocking attack which helped shape the “Black Lives Matter Campaign”.
It’s not the first time Jay-Z has shown his support for the cause, speaking at the Trayvon Martin Peace Walk in Florida.
“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 will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” the rapper said. “And 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 that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope to push us in a better direction, so thank you guys for your support. Thank you for being here.”
‘Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ will be available on the Paramount Network from July 30. So far there has been no release date for Australia, but stay tuned for more information. Watch the trailer below.