NEW DATE! John Legend to Headline Salem State Series, Receive Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award

Salem State University, a New England Council member, will be welcoming award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend at the Salem State Series next month.  The event–originally scheduled for March 30–has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from The Salem Award Foundation for his initiative, the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty. He will participate in a candid discussion about this work, in addition to performing some of his hit songs.

The event will be held at Salem State University’s O’Keefe Center Rockett Arena on May 2 with doors opening at 6:30pm and the speaking program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at just $25 and can be purchased online here.  All tickets purchased for the original date remain valid and may still be used for entry.

There are opportunities to attend a pre-event dinner and have a photograph taken with Legend, for more information contact Taylor Dunn at or 978-542-7560.

John Legend is a multi-award winning sing-songwriter whose work has garnered him 19 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, A Golden Globe Award, and a BET Award for Best New Artist, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend recently won his first Golden Globe Award, a Grammy award, and a Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” which he wrote and performed with Common for the film Selma.

Legend has worked throughout his career to make a difference in the lives of others. He launched the Show Me Campaign in 2007 and has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award. In 2015, Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign, designed to change the national conversation to make change in America’s criminal justice system.

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