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Acclaimed Musician John Legend to Visit Moravian College
Nine-time Grammy winner to discuss social activism and eradicating poverty
Bethlehem, Pa. February 23, 2012--Grammy award-winning musician and humanitarian John Legend will visit Moravian on Wednesday, March 21 at 8 p.m., in Johnston Hall for a talk about political activism and share his love of singing. The founder of the "Show Me Campaign," Legend has spent the past five years touring the world on a mission to eradicate extreme poverty and improve the inequalities in education for the poor. The program is sponsored by Moravian's United Student Government (USG) and is part of Moravian's IN FOCUS program that examines poverty and inequality throughout the academic year.
Taking its inspiration from Legend's hit song "Show Me," The Show Me Campaign has raised over $2 million since 2007 and has funded fellowships dedicated to bettering the world, documentary screenings in low socioeconomic neighborhood schools, and a national technology contest partnered with Samsung. Between fundraising and his busy life as a musician, Legend makes visits to schools across the country.
"I've seen how education can make such a great difference if you don't make a lot of money," said Legend in a quote on his organization's website. Receiving a quality education is something Legend attributes to much of his success. Legend's high regard for his own education has only strengthened his political activism and dream for a world without poverty. "Most people who grow up poor usually end up in the same place. To break the cycle, you have to get a good education. It's an equalizer and an important tool for empowerment."
Julianna Rodrigues '13, USG Events Council chair notes "We are honored to host Mr. Legend at Moravian College. We hope his message will inspire students to engage themselves in projects that will improve education around the world and contribute to solving the issue of poverty."
Nine-time Grammy Award winning John Legend, is not only a recording artist and concert performer, but a passionate philanthropist. Legend was named Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
Before recording Top 10 albums, John accelerated his career as a session player and vocalist for top industry artists such as Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), and Evolver (2008) each reached #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts.
In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a non-profit organization that fights for reform in education in the U.S. Continuing his involvement in education and poverty, he sits on the Boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children, and the Harlem Village Academies. He co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies' National Leadership Board.
Legend is the national spokesperson for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that advocates the next generation of minority business leaders. For more information about Legend visit: www.johnlegend.com or www.showmecampaign.org
Tickets for the public are $15 and will be available online at http://www.moravian.musictoday.com/ beginning March 5. Johnston Hall is located on Moravian's Main Street Campus near the corner of Monocacy and Locust streets in Bethlehem, Pa. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.
IN FOCUS is an innovative program to promote in-depth examination of complex issues from multidisciplinary perspectives. Through IN FOCUS the members of the Moravian College community engage in analysis and activism regarding important challenges facing human beings and the world in the 21st century. Four issues have been identified as central to the Lehigh Valley, the U.S. and the globe, including poverty and inequality, sustainability, health care, and war and peace. Each year academic and co-curricular activity is centered on one of these challenges. The focus is on poverty and inequality this academic year.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.