Stevie Wonder Teaches Us How to Be 'Stronger Together'

November 11, 2014 10:10 PM

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A few days ago Stevie Wonder opened his "Songs in the Key of Life" tour with a sold out performance at Madison Square Garden in New York. As a longtime fan, I was thrilled to be there. Early in the concert, Stevie announced that he was dedicating this performance to a family who had lost their daughter in the Sandy Hook school shooting. He made an emotional plea for rational gun safety policy. As he noted, we are capable of putting people into space and sending spacecraft to other planets. We have to be able to figure out how to decrease risk from guns in our communities, homes and schools.

As a psychiatrist working at The Jed Foundation, a foundation dedicated to suicide prevention, I found his comments incredibly powerful and moving. I learned later that the father of the young girl to whom the concert was dedicated was a fellow musician, Jimmy Greene. Together with his wife Nelba Ma...

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