John Legend: "Redemption Song"
With his philanthropic work, John Legend is leveraging his stardom to raise social consciousness and make a positive impact on a global scale. Full bio
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a listening and learning tour.
and local prisons.
and transformation can happen
and our immigration detention centers,
who want to create a better life
the front end of this prison pipeline.
if we intervened,
in the San Quentin State Prison
to a productive life
of people behind bars,
don't define who we are,
by mass incarceration,
to James right now,
his journey of redemption
behind prison walls.
by all of the hard work
and futures for themselves
are too afraid to go.
for a brighter tomorrow.
helped hurt people heal
be singin' "Redemption Song."
has been called "hell on Earth"
of the harshness of my reality,
as if they were my last mile,
don't have to be free
have been battling our inner demons.
when inside we're really screamin':
from the prisons I've created.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERJohn Legend - Singer, musician, composer
With his philanthropic work, John Legend is leveraging his stardom to raise social consciousness and make a positive impact on a global scale.
Why you should listen
Fueled by a lean, immediate sound and a message rooted in optimism, John Legend has become a true superstar with blockbuster tours, high-profile collaborations, nine Grammys and an Oscar (for Best Original Song, “Glory” in 2015’s Selma).
Legend is well-known for his philanthropic work, which includes the Show Me Campaign, an organization that seeks to provide every child with access to a quality education. Most recently, Legend launched #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year cultural change campaign focused on ending mass incarceration. As a respected artist, Legend is using his platform to engage stakeholders from all areas of the criminal justice system to work towards that goal.
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