Stevie Wonder is a wake-up call to the deteriorating civil rights in America.
The Grammy winner delivered an impassioned speech in defense of civil rights on Tuesday night while being honored at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s 34th Annual National Equal Justice Awards Dinner. Icon Award.
“Women’s rights to control their own bodies, to vote and our precious civil liberties are under attack,” Wonder told the audience. “Did you know? Do you all know? There is no question. America is in a time of crisis, please listen to me loudly and clearly. We must continue to stand together.”
Wonder, who presented the award by actress Rita Moreno, continued: “Let me be clear, America is right, it is strong as a world leader as a fighter for democracy worldwide, but it cannot Forget the war of poverty with the United States of America. It must provide health care and education for our children and grandchildren, and it must free itself from hate speech and practices that undermine America’s commitment to equal rights and justice for all. Let me Justice Marshall’s words ended, ‘When you see something wrong or unequal or injustice, say it out loud because this is your country and this is your democracy. Do it. Protect it. Pass it on.’ everything will be fine.”
Wonder later joined the John Legend stage. The pair performed a duet of the legendary hit “Ordinary People” as the Jazz team at Lincoln Center in New York City erupted into cheers.
Other winners include journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and former LDF president Sherilyn Ifill.