Jay-Z takes out full-page ads in newspapers across the US in honor of George Floyd

FILE – Jay-Z attends 2020 Roc Nation THE BRUNCH on January 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Erik Voake/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - On June 2, many joined together across social media for Blackout Tuesday, a day promoted by activists to observe, mourn and bring about policy change in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Jay-Z took this chance to take out full-page ads in several newspapers across the county in honor of Floyd, an unarmed African American who was killed by Minneapolis police.

“In dedication to George Floyd. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd," Roc Nation captioned in a post it shared for the ad on its Instagram page. The ad features a speech written by the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama in 1965.

“‘Only way we can really achieve freedom is to somehow hunker the fear of the death,'” the ad reads in part, quoting King. “But if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. Deep down in our nonviolent creed is the conviction — that there are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they’re worth dying for.'"

"'So we're going to stand up amid horses. We're going to stand up right here, amid the belly-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! We're going to stand up amid anything they can muster up, letting the world know that we are determined to be free!'"

The ad was published in Tuesday editions of The New York Times, The Denver Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and more.

Sources tell CNN that Jay-Z and Roc Nation plan to publish more ads in newspapers again.

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