The late Prince’s concert following Baltimore unrests will go down in the history of Baltimore as one of the best ever concerts for Peace in Baltimore.
“Does anybody hear us pray? For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray. Peace is more than the absence of war,” these are the words of world acclaimed pop star Prince, who passed away in Minneapolis.
Prince, who died at the age of 57 was a real “Prince for Peace,” was a humanitarian who “quietly” gave donations to agencies and not only, but individuals too. Following his death, Rev. Al Sharpton recalls, whilst Prince made a very critical impression on Baltimore at the crucial time of Freddie Gray’s death, mourning and the public unrest that followed, the pop star also quietly made money donations to the family of Trayvon Martin in 2012 when the 17-year-old unarmed teen was brutally shot and killed in Florida.
Rev. Sharpton said, “I will never forget when he called me and said he had some funds he wanted to give to Trayvon Martin’s family, just out of the blue. Just out of the clear blue.”
“Prince gave money to the family of Trayvon Martin and wanted nobody, not even the family, to know where it came from,” said Rev. Al Sharpton.
This goes along to show how the singer not only shared his life on stage, but also with the people who sought for justice.
“He didn’t want to get involved in partisan politics. He was very concerned about human rights. We spent hours talking about his concerns about technology and getting those skills to inner city youth.”
Once, Prine also arranged for Eric Garner’s family to attend one of his concerts in Baltimore.
Anything he could do to bring social change, the star was ready to take on and for this Prince will be missed greatly.
Prince will be dearly missed in Baltimore, he is one of few, if not the only musician who dedicated a song to a crisis-driven Baltimore, all in an effort to touch lives and bring change to the oppressed.
Rest in perfect peace Prince.