"Legendary Soul Singer Violently Attacked For Song Dedication To Trayvon Martin"
Hours before George Zimmerman walked free in his second-degree murder trial, a white woman assaulted soul singer Lester Chambers for dedicating a song to Trayvon Martin. The woman identified as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter jumped the stage, reportedly yelling “it’s all your fault,” right before she hit the 73-year-old singer.
A fellow musician Kurt Crowbar Kangas posted on Facebook that Chambers “went down hard” and the woman “was subdued by Police and taken away while the para-medics came and took him to a local Hospital.” He sustained an “8 [inch] scratch in the kidney area of his back and it’s starting to swell.”
Watch the attack (the woman jumps on to the stage at approximately 4:16):
Chambers, once part of a legendary 1960s music group called The Chambers Brothers, prepared to dedicate a civil rights-era song titled “People Get Ready,” changing the lyrics from “people get ready, there’s a train a-coming” to “there’s change a-coming.”
The next morning, there were largely peaceful and emotional rallies throughout the country responding to the Zimmerman verdict, and not the race riots pundits had predicted. Meanwhile, Chambers suffered bruised ribs and nerve damage for making a public statement about the case.