Lester Chambers Attacked for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin [VIDEO]


Lester Chambers performs and is attacked at Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival 7-13-13This viideo is posted with permission of the family. Lester dedicated this song to Treyvon Martin and then the video starts with his remarks about peace and love. He sings the song "People Get Ready" and at the very end of this clip a woman jumps up on stage and shoves him over. Sorry I…2013-07-15T19:09:18.000Z

Soul singer Lester Chambers is recovering in the hospital after a woman violently attacked him during a performance he dedicated to Trayvon Martin, reports ThinkProgress.

The 73-year-old lead singer of the 1960s soul rock group The Chambers Brothers was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival in Hayward, California on Saturday when the incident happened. Chambers was singing the civil rights-era song People Get Ready by The Impressions in honor of Martin when a woman identified as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter climbed up on stage and knocked the singer over. According to a fellow musician Kurt Crowbar Kangas in a comment on Facebook, Potter yelled “it’s all your fault,” right before she pushed Chambers, who “went down hard.”

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The woman was subdued by police and Chambers was taken to the hospital. He sustained an 8-inch scratch on his back, bruised ribs and nerve damage.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, confronted him for looking suspicious. Zimmerman claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense, and was found not guilty of murder on July 13. The verdict sparked a nationwide debate centering around race relations.


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