Stevie Wonder Takes A Knee "For America" At Global Citizen Festival

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Stevie Wonder takes a knee during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival at The Great Lawn of Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Stevie Wonder Takes A Knee "For America" At Global Citizen Festival

"Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe."

Published September 24, 2017

Stevie Wonder has become the latest non-athlete to stand up for Colin Kaepernick’s movement.

  1. Last night (September 23), the legendary musician, while opening his set at Global Citizen Festival in New York, took time out to take a stand for social justice.

    "Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America," Wonder said taking the stage. "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."

    Stevie then kneeled alongside his son Kwame Morris in front of thousands at Central Park.

    Wonder is among an increasing amount of celebrities taking a stand after Donald Trump called athletes who take a knee during the national anthem sons “of a bitch.” LeBron James subsequently called out the president and labeled him a “bum.”

    Also at Global Citizen, Stevie Wonder spoke about the festival’s goals. "All of us are valuable and important and must take care of each other and this planet," he said. "If we don't, we could lose the ultimate video game of life. Losing sight that weapons are real and rhetoric is dangerous. Whether it be from a superpower in North America or a superpower in North Korea.

    "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... Whenever you need to interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and find love for all of our global brothers and sisters everyday."

    See Stevie Wonder take a knee as well as reaction to it below.

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Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage)

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