Beyonce Knowles brought her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to Detroit's The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night, July 20. During her show, the 31-year-old diva performed a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and dedicated it to the Motor City, which filed for bankruptcy last week.
As she performed, the big screen behind her played a video montage that included Detroit landmarks and icons such as Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Eminem, Anita Baker, Kid Rock, and Berry Gordy, Jr. The video ended with the declaration, "Nothing Stops Detroit."
"This was a unique tribute to the history of an incredible city and a celebration of the strong spirit of its people," Beyonce's spokesperson told Billboard.
The dedication came on the heels of Detroit's bankruptcy filing last week. The city's debt is estimated at $18-20 billion, marking the largest bankruptcy filing for a city in the U.S. history.
Earlier that day, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z supported Trayvon Martin's family by attending a New York City protest of Stand Your Ground law. The protest in NYC was one of 100 similar protests that were held around the country. It came after George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon, was acquitted of murder last week.
"Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," MSNBC's Al Sharpton said of the music moguls' attendance. "Beyonce put a beautiful message up on Instagram. Let me tell you, that before a lot of you were down, Jay-Z always supported us."
"Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyonce is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension -- the law must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody," the 58-year-old civil rights activist continued. "We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."