Aftermath of Zimmerman verdict hits concert stages
In the hours following George Zimmerman's Saturday night (7/13) acquittal, several in the music industry voiced their opinions, including Lester Chambers and Stevie Wonder.
In a Florida court Saturday evening (7/13), Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
During his Saturday evening performance at Hayward, CA's Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival, the Lester Chambers dedicated his rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" to Martin. Moments later, the 73-year-old soul singer was ambushed by 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter, who reportedly jumped on stage and knocked the former Chalmers Brothers member down.
Chambers was taken to a local hospital, suffering from a bruised rib and muscle damage, according to a Facebook post by his son, Lester, later that night. Potter was immediately arrested on suspicion of battery, cited and later released. She may face additional charges in the coming days, according to published reports.
On Sunday evening, Stevie Wonder also made headlines when he announced during a Quebec City, Quebec, performance that he would no longer perform in Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished.
The Grammy winner continued, saying ""As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world." Watch Wonder's full three-minute response via YouTube.
Other performers took to Twitter to reveal their opinions, while some, such as Beyonce at a Nashville gig, held a moment of silence in memory of Martin.