As protests continue in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, some members of the community are also focusing their energy on cleaning up parts of the city that were affected by riots. And on Thursday, April 30, Beyonce encouraged her fans to help as well.
Bey used Instagram to get her message out.
First, she posted a short video snippet from an upcoming issue of Time magazine, the cover of which compares the current state of affairs in Baltimore and the U.S. to the civil rights era in 1968. The moving cover image was shot by an aspiring Baltimore photographer named Devin Allen on April, 25, making this his first big feature.
“When I shot that, I thought it was a good picture, so I uploaded [from my camera] to my phone,” he told Time of the image, which shows a young man running from police officers. “By the time I’d done that, the police was all around me. I was in the middle of it.”
Beyonce's second post was a photo of a young black man draped in a black-and-white American flag, with Freddie Gray's name scrawled across it.
It included a link to her website, where fans could donate to help the community. "Join us in supporting the NAACP to help in the cleanup efforts and to provide housing, food and supplies to those affected by the unrest in Baltimore," she wrote, directing fans to http://beyonce.lk/naacp.