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A Concert for Charlottesville

A Concert for Charlottesville”

Pharrell Williams dropped to both knees during his set at the Concert for Charlottesville Sunday night, joining in protests against President Trump's criticism of NFL athletes who kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.

Dave Matthews has united with performers Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and more, to produce A Concert For Charlottesville, in response to racially-motivated violence that gripped the college town in Virginia last month. With Pharrell a Virginia native, it's easy to see why he felt the need to support his home state, and when given the chance he took a knee as well, and though he never mentioned the National Football League or Trump by name, it was clear that was on his mind. One surprise guest was Stevie Wonder.

"Can't nobody tell me what to do", he said during his performance. (You can watch the moment at 11:34 in the video below.) "If I wanted to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state". Protest has played a critically important role in elevating the voices of the most vulnerable in our nation. "Every time someone takes a knee or raises a fist, viewers must grapple with the why - with the uncomfortable reality that our country daily marginalizes thousands of people in impoverished communities".



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