Stevie Wonder joins resistance at NYC concert: ‘Tonight I’m taking a knee for America’ (Video)

Stevie Wonder began his performance at the Global Citizen concert in New York’s Central Park on Saturday night by announcing that he was “taking a knee for America.”

“Whenever you need to interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and find love all of our global brothers and sisters everyday,” the legendary R&B singer said from the stage. “Tonight I’m taking a knee for America.”

The musician, who is blind, was helped to his knee by an assistant, before announcing to the crowd: “But not just one knee. I’m taking both knees.”

He followed by indicating that his gesture was not merely a form of protest by an act of prayer: “Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe, Amen.”

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Stevie Wonder at the Global Citizen Festival
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Stevie Wonder and Kwame Morris perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Stevie Wonder performs onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Stevie Wonder and Kwame Morris perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
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“I wanted to see that prayer before I serve you my musical meal. Is that OK?” he said, before kicking off his set with “Master Blaster.”

While singing his hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” later in his performance, Wonder offered a shout-out to Senator John McCain — who had announced on Friday his plan to reject the latest Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Sing it for Senator McCain,” Wonder said. “It’s about doing the right thing.”

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CALABASAS, CA - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Singer/Songwriters Stevie Wonder and Eric Benet attend 'In A Perfect World 10 Year Celebration Of Giving' on December 12, 2015 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 26: Stevie Wonder performs at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala And Concert held at Mattamy Athletic Centre on September 26, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 01: Stevie Wonder performs at a fundraiser for Senator Mary Landrieu at the Windsor Court Hotel on December 1, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)
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