US rapper, Jay Z has honoured the memory of Minneapolis resident, George Floyd who died while in police custody last week. His tribute saw the placement of full page ads in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Enquirer, alongside a quote from Martin Luther King.
Two days after Floyd’s death, the entertainer and businessman said he had been in talks with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz about justice for the police officers involved.
The quote used in the full page ads came from a speech given by Martin Luther King in 1965 which heard him say, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true. So we’re going to stand up amid horses. We’re going to stand up right here, amid the billy-clubs. We’re going to stand up right here amid police dogs, if they have them. We’re going to stand up amid tear gas!”
The ad was signed by JAY-Z, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Women’s Global Initiative, among others, including the parents of Botham Jean, DJ Henry and Antwon Rose II, unarmed black civilians killed by police officers.