Musical legend Stevie Wonder gave a passionate speech to the audience gathered in Central Park for the Global Citizen Festival, “taking a knee” to pray for America and the world.
The 67-year old blind singer famous for songs like “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” and “Superstition,” delivered a powerful message, telling everyone to “stand down bigotry … condemn sexism,” and “find love.”
With the help of his son, Kwame, Stevie Wonder bent down on stage, saying, “I’m taking a knee for America. Not just one knee, but both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, and leaders of our world.”
The gesture recalled the protests by NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to raise awareness for racial injustice and police brutality.
During his set, Wonder also made a statement about the tensions and heightened rhetoric between the United States and North Korea.
“Weapons are real and rhetoric is dangerous,” he said. “We must take care of each other, and this planet. If we don’t, we could lose the ultimate video game of life.”
Global Citizen is an annual music festival that features top musicians, world leaders and others to raise awareness for major social issues like the environment, equality, education and addressing poverty.