John Legend Named First Recipient of New Social Justice Award

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John Legend is expected on a Massachusetts college campus this week to receive a social justice award.

The R&B crooner becomes the first recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award when he accepts the honor Tuesday (May 2) at Salem State University.

According to reports, Legend will perform and also discuss his work on criminal justice, education and other issues.


The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice bestows the award to recognize those who champion social justice issues and advocate for people who are underrepresented.

This is the first year the award will be given.

Legend has previously won 10 Grammy awards, and an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for co-writing the song “Glory” that was featured in the 2014 film Selma. He was just featured in TIME Magazine‘s latest ‘Top 100 Most Influential People’ issue.

via Billboard

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