07/21/2013 at 08:00 AM EDT
Thousands gathered in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Saturday to protest Stand Your Ground laws and to show support for Trayvon Martin
, an unarmed teenager shot and killed last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty
by a jury in his murder case July 13.
and Jay-Z were among them.
The superstar couple attended a rally in Manhattan alongside a reported 2,000 protesters, including MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton.
"Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," Sharpton said, according to reports. "Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody ... We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."