The ad was suspended, “A dedication to George Floyd. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd”, and quotes a passage from a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Salma, Al. In 1965.
“So we will stand among horses. We will stand here, among belly clubs. We will stand here among police dogs, if they have,” the newspaper quoted the announcement. king. “We will stand in the tear gas! We will stand in the midst of anything they can muster, to tell the world that we are determined to be free!”
Along with JZ, the letter was signed by the parents of Botham Jean, DJ Henry and Antwon Rose II, the black men who were all tragically killed by the police, as well as Van Jones, Charlamagne tha God, Angela Rye, Floyd’s family lawyer and many activists from organizations Like the draft innocence and even freedom.
The ROC team (Jay-Z’s Roc Nation’s charitable arm) joined others to place the ad in Tuesday releases of the New York Times, The Denver Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Austin American Statement, and the Orlando Sentinel and Constitution Atlanta Journal, among many other newspapers.
According to a representative of Jay-Z, more ads will be published in the newspapers on Wednesday.