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Stevie Wonder, Kwame Morris
Stevie Wonder, left, takes a knee "for the country" with his son, Kwame Morris, before performing at the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in New York. The festival aims to end extreme poverty through the collective actions of Global Citizens by 2030. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

Music legend Stevie Wonder took both knees 'for America' following Trump's NFL remarks


Music legend Stevie Wonder opened his performance at the Global Citizens Festival in New York by taking both knees, seemingly to show solidarity with the athletes protesting President Donald Trump's recent remarks.

"Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America; but not just one knee, I'm taking both knees," Wonder said as took the stage and then kneeled with his son Kwame Morris. "Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe."

Stevie Wonder 'takes a knee' at the Global Citizen Festival

During his performance, Wonder also emphasized the importance of the organization's goal to promote social change.

"Our global brothers and sisters, I didn't come here to preach, but I'm telling you, our spirit must be in the right place. All the time -- not just now, but tomorrow and whenever you, whenever you, whenever you need to interrupt hate, stand down bigotry, condemn sexism and find love for all of our global brothers and sisters every day," Wonder said.

The 67-year-old musician's comments came just a day after Trump criticized the NFL during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Trump called for NFL owners to respond to the national anthem protests by saying, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired."

Those comments were quickly denounced by NFL owners.

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