Pharrell Williams Takes a Knee at UVA's Charlottesville Benefit Concert

"When I think about the potential of this country and the potential of this state, potential of these people, potential of this incredible university, there is only one word that I feel on the inside". Williams knelt toward the end of his performance at "A Concert for Charlottesville" at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium.

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.

Williams, who hails from Virginia, assured that protests of this sort were what America was all about.

Pharrell's performance was a part of a Charlottesville benefit concert put together by Dave Matthews, which also included performances from The Roots, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and others. President Trump told an Alabama crowd on Saturday, in advance of the National Football League games, that those who disrespect the flag should be fired from their teams and went on to call them "son of a bitch". The protests occurred in the music world as well, first with Stevie Wonder at the Global Citizen Festival in NY, and late Sunday Pharrell joined the fray at the Concert For Charlottesville. Protest has played a critically important role in elevating the voices of the most vulnerable in our nation.

Along with him, there were other singers who performed. The singer spoke about the current political tensions and said, "In the face of a great divider, we must be united", Vedder said at the close of his set. "In the face of division on one side, we must turn it into multiplication on the other".

  • Jacqueline Ellis