With the recent death of musical genius Prince, a number of private stories have been coming out about the artist’s humanitarian deeds. One of those accounts is of Prince’s behind-the-scenes donation to the family of Trayvon Martin.
Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday that he received a surprise phone call from the singer after the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida.
“I will never forget when he called me and said he had some funds he wanted to give to Trayvon Martin’s family,” Sharpton recalled. “Just out of the blue. Just out of the clear blue.”
“He didn’t want anybody to know,” Sharpton continued. “He didn’t even want Trayvon Martin’s family to know where the funds came from.”
Sharpton said that ever since that donation, he had received sporadic calls from Prince about different social issues, including further donations.
“He didn’t want to get involved in partisan politics. He was very concerned about human rights,” Sharpton explained. “We spent hours talking about his concerns about technology and getting those skills to inner city youth.”
Sharpton added that the Minneapolis-born musical legend had also once arranged for Eric Garner’s family to attend his concert in Baltimore.
Sharpton says that Prince pushed for social change in what was his own unique way.
“He would make social statements the way he made musical statements — at his own pace. He marched to the beat of his own drummer,” Sharpton recalled.
“He wasn’t the kind you called into a rally. He called you to something he really wanted to do.
“There is no way to measure how much he will be missed. We’ll never have another Prince. Millions of people of all races and backgrounds are saddened today with the sudden loss of a true Prince who was a really king.”
(Article by M. David)