The Motown icon played a slot at Global Citizens Festival slot in New York's Central Park, and during the show made a decision to speak out.
Stevie Wonder takes a knee with the help of his son Kwame Wonder before performing at the 2017 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York, US. In reference to Donald Trump's remarks on NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem, Wonder knelt onstage before the crowd to make clear what his stance on the topic was.
As we've reported, the president has been blabbing about what he calls "the total disrespect certain players show to our country" and called on the National Football League to fire such players. "Tonight, 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".
Commissioners for both the National Basketball Association and the NFL expressed their disappointment in Trump's rhetoric against the protesting athletes, while many team owners, coaches and players celebrated Kaepernick and the right to take a stand against racial injustice.
Saturday morning, Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House because of Stephen Curry's reluctance to take part in the tradition. "We must take care of each other, and this planet".
"It is only through life we can make life happen through ourselves and each other".
The singer added that the weapons are real, while the current "rhetoric is risky". "Whether it be from a superpower in North America or a superpower in North Korea".
During Wonder's set, the singer teamed with fellow Global Citizen performer Pharrell Williams for a trio of songs, including "Happy", "Superstition" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", which Wonder previously performed alongside Williams and the French duo at the 2014 Grammys.
He asked the audience to denounce bigotry and sexism.