Musician, 73, Assaulted After Tribute to Trayvon
Woman arrested after jumping on stage to shove Lester Chambers: cops
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2013 8:21 AM CDT
An image of Lester Chambers off Facebook.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A 73-year-old black soul singer in California got roughed up Saturday by a woman in the audience who rushed the stage after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, say police. Lester Chambers was talking about the George Zimmerman trial and about to play "People Get Ready" when a white woman leaped at him, shouting, "It's your fault," witnesses tell the San Jose Mercury News. Dinalynn Andrews Potter, 43, was arrested on suspicion of battery, and the Chambers family is pushing police to file hate-crime charges, too.

"She had a crazed look in her eye," says one of the musician's friends who rushed to help him. Chambers suffered a bruised rib and nerve damage and is "sore all over," according to a Facebook post by his son. "People Get Ready" is a Curtis Mayfield song written after MLK's march on Washington, and Chambers' old group, the Chambers Brothers, recorded a version in 1967, notes Firedog Lake. In his dedication to Trayvon, Chambers had said Mayfield would have written the line "there's a train comin'" as "there's a change comin'" had he penned it today.

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Jul 19, 2013 12:57 PM CDT
To friend and foe alike: Newser's sudden decision to start silencing a commenter is ominous to me. We are ALL next. There are tons of unfettered racism here. But how do we benefit from forcing it underground? How are we really harmed by having it out in the open? There are people who may not act out on their racism if only allowed an outlet here.
Jul 16, 2013 10:32 AM CDT
send this b-tch to gitmo so the guys can have some fun!!!!!
Jul 15, 2013 10:47 PM CDT
This woman is very sane and clearly, this case is as much about racism as Zimmerman/Trayvon case. I am sure that parasitic Sharpton/Jackson circus/mafia is already on Jetblue for some fresh blackmail/donation trip. And all you fools on the right/left/center/white/black/blue keep feeding the media monster about a non-story while they hide the real stories about all you fools being raped while still smiling. You Americans are as cluless and as gullible as it gets. Open your eyes, powers that be in Vatican/Tel Aviv etc. are playing you like a violin and making you like it.