73-Year-Old Lester Chambers Attacked by White Woman for Dedicating Song to Trayvon Martin

By Jamilah King Jul 15, 2013

In case this weekend’s George Zimmerman acquittal didn’t do enough to to illustrate how dangerous it is to be a black man in America, this also happened in Hayward, California — from The Nation:

Disturbing news emerged early Sunday that Lester Chambers, 73, a founder of the classic ’60s group The Chambers Brothers (who sang the immortal psychedelic/soul "Time Has Come Today" and much more) was attacked on stage by a white woman at a blues festival this weekend and rather badly hurt–after he dedicated "People Get Ready" to Trayvon Martin.

Details were murky for awhile, and based mainly on his son’s Facebook page, as covered in this¬†report. The assault took place at a Blues Festival in Hayward, California. Chambers was hospitalized and seemed to be feeling better, with bruised ribs and more. His Facebook page soon filed with condolences and photo of damage to his back.

Chambers’ son Dylan posted a photo of his father’s injuries. See it after the jump.