EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, but this Legend of a character has always aspired to do more than just make music.
For well over a decade, John Legend’s philanthropy and advocacy has focused on building just, equitable, and thriving communities. The Show Me Campaign (showmecampaign.org) launched in 2007 works to give every child access to a quality education while addressing systemic issues in our criminal justice system that disproportionately impact the minority groups.
In 2014, Legend launched LRNG Innovators in partnership with The National Writing Project alongside support from The MacArthur Foundation. LRNG Innovators’ mission aims to empower teachers to redesign learning—connecting students’ passion to purpose— helping the students of today be better prepared for the world of tomorrow. Since its inception, LRNG Innovators has invested in more than 30 educator teams nationwide.
Most recently, Legend launched FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture change campaign that strives to amplify the voices of former inmates, break down barriers, and challenge stereotypes of those impacted by the criminal justice system, bringing an end to the era of mass incarceration.
In addition to Legend’s signature initiatives, he serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Village Academies and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the Advisory Board for The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Teach for All.
Watch John at the 2019 MAKERS Conference: