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The O'Jays' Eddie Levert Joins Stevie Wonder in Refusing to Perform in Florida

Image courtesy of Nayr Entertainment (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Nayr Entertainment (via ABC News Radio)

R&B legend Eddie Levert has announced that he will join Stevie Wonder in boycotting the state of Florida following the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman , who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

"I, Eddie Levert will not play Florida until they change their gun laws," the O'Jays singer revealed in a Twitter message.  "I'm going to join Mr. Stevie Wonder in his boycott of Florida."

Levert goes on to add , "I'm doing this as a individual because u shouldn't be able to follow, chase, assume, and kill anyone. no matter what color they are."

Levert, who also posted a picture of himself donning a hoodie in Travyon's memory, joins Dionne Warwick and a number of other stars in the Florida boycott.

Wonder announced at a July 14 concert in Quebec City, Canada, that he will not perform in Florida until the state eliminates its "stand your ground" law, legislation that some believe was a factor in Zimmerman's acquittal.

"I decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder said from the stage.  "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

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