Common, Rapsody, MC Lyte, Mysonne and Jada Pinkett Smith were among those in attendance at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort as people demanded the arrests of the officers involved in Taylor’s murder. The late EMT’s family and Ahmaud Arbery’s mother were also in attendance.
Common performed a poem at the rally, dedicated to Taylor and all black women.
“I’m a black man who was raised by a black woman,” the Chicago native began. Not only because I was raised by a black mother and a grandmother who helped shape me, but because I have a daughter who is a growing black woman. I stand up for black women because it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s what I’m chosen to do. As a child of God, I stand up for black women because standing up for black women is standing u for humanity.”