Stevie Wonder Interrupts Concert To 'Take A Knee' For America

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Stevie Wonder just expressed his solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality and racial injustice against black people.

Before performing at the annualGlobal Citizen Festivalin New York City on Saturday night, the 67-year-old music legend took the stage and then took a knee, mimicking a gesture of protest first used by Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er quarterback, during national anthems.

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Wonder said to the audience.

“But not just one knee, I’m taking both knees, both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen.”

Wonder is the latest celebrity figure to show his solidarity with Kaepernick. President Donald Trump on Friday took aim at Kaepernick’s kneeling protest when he called for National Football League fans to boycott games if a player does not participate in the national anthem. He also called for NFL team owners to fire any player who protests during the games.

Trump doubled down on those attacks Saturday when he suggested on Twitter that professional athletes who have “the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL or other leagues” should not be allowed to exercise their constitutional right to protest.

Hours earlier on Twitter, the presidentrescindedNBA star Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House after Curry revealed he would not be accepting it.

Trump’s tweets, and his apparently new focus on black professional athletes, caused aroar of reactionsfrom the sports world. 

Commissioners for both theNBAand theNFLexpressed their disappointment in Trump’s rhetoric against the protesting athletes, while many team owners, coaches and playerscelebrated Kaepernick and the right to take a stand against racial injustice

Before performing at the Global Citizen Festival, an annual show thatencourages ticket holdersto engage in philanthropy that will better the world, Wonder made a call for unity and encouraged people to “stand down bigotry,” “condemn sexism” and “find love,” according toDeadline.

“It is only through life we can make life happen through ourselves and each other.” Wonder said to the crowd. “Our global brothers and sisters, I didn’t come here to preach, but I’m telling you, our spirits must be in the right place all the time.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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