John Legend is to receive the Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award on Tuesday (02May17). - From BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Home › Entertainment › News The award, which is presented by The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice, is designed to recognise people who champion social justice issues and advocate for minorities or people who are underrepresented.
During his visit to the institution, Legend is expected to perform some of his hit songs.
He is also due to hold a talk about his initiatives, including the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and the #FREEAMERICA campaign, which is aimed at ending the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration.
Legend, 38, launched the #FREEAMERICA campaign after witnessing a number of friends and family members enter prison, and he believes that the whole philosophy behind the prison system is now deeply flawed.
"What's true of drug criminalisation is, unfortunately, true of our criminal-justice system in general," he told People.com previously.