Stevie Wonder takes "a knee for America" at NYC concert

Singer Stevie Wonder takes a knee before performing at the 2017 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 23, 2017.

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NEW YORK -- Stevie Wonder knelt on stage during the Global Citizen Festival concert in New York City's Central Park, saying he is "taking a knee for America." 

Wonder asked for people to "stand down bigotry" and "condemn sexism" before kneeling down with his son, Kwane Morris.

"But not just one knee -- both knees!" Wonder said. "Both knees and prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world."

Singer Stevie Wonder takes a knee before performing at the 2017 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York

Singer Stevie Wonder takes a knee before performing at the 2017 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 23, 2017.

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Wonder's statement came one day after President Trump said athletes who "disrepect our flag" should be "fired." Athletes in the NFL and NBA criticized Mr. Trump's remarks, as did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL team owners

Wonder performed a medley of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," "Higher Ground" and "Overjoyed," according to Deadline