Award-winning Singer-Songwriter John Legend to Headline Salem State Series, Receive Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award

Legend will perform some of his hit songs and speak about his social justice work.

legend_squareSALEM, MA, November 4, 2016 — Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend will headline Salem State University’s long-running and popular speaker series on March 30, 2017. At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from The Salem Award Foundation for his work to make a difference in the lives of others. Legend will perform some of his hit songs in addition to discussing his initiative, the Show Me Campaign (, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

The March 30, 2017 event will be held at 7:30 pm at Salem State University’s Rocket Arena. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am at or by calling 978.542.7555.

Legend is a multi-award winning sing-songwriter whose work has garnered him 19 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, A Golden Globe Award, and a BET Award for Best New Artist, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend recently won his first Golden Globe Award, a Grammy award, and a Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” which he wrote and performed with Common for the film Selma.

Legend has worked throughout his career to make a difference in the lives of others. He launched the Show Me Campaign in 2007 and has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award. In 2015, Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign, designed to change the national conversation to make change in America’s criminal justice system.

Based on his extensive efforts to make a difference in the lives of others, Legend will be the inaugural recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award, presented by The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. When possible, this recognition is presented in collaboration with Salem State University at the Salem State Series. The award recognizes luminaries in their fields who use their platforms to champion social justice issues and advocate for the underrepresented populations. Recipients embrace the Salem Award Foundation’s mission to promote awareness, understanding and empathy in support of human rights and social justice.

Starting Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am, tickets to the spring 2017 Salem State Series may be purchased through the Series website at or by calling 978.542.7555. Price categories are as follows:

• Premium $100 (Entered to win VIP dinner and photo with speaker)
• Reserved $60
• General Admission $25
• Salem State Student $10 (limited to the first 200)

The Salem State Series is presented by the Salem State Foundation which was incorporated in 1977 as a 501(c) (3) private, not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to help Salem State achieve its mission and goals by raising, investing and distributing private contributions for the benefit of the university. In so doing, the Foundation provides the opportunity to meet the needs of the Salem State community not met through public funding.

The Series, presented under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation, is pleased to announce that Denorabilia, LLC is the presenting sponsor for this event. A full list of sponsors can be found at


About Salem State University
Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The university enrolls about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 44 states and 81 nations, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With over 250 veterans currently enrolled, Salem State has been designated a military-friendly institution by G.I. Jobs, placing it in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide.

About the Salem Award Foundation
Since its founding in 1992, it has been the mission of the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice to ensure that the lessons of the 1692 Witch Trials are not forgotten. In addition to publicly recognizing individuals or organizations working to help those who suffer discrimination and injustice through its annual awards, the Salem Award Foundation supports the Salem Witch Trial Memorial, a public monument honoring those who died in 1692, and offers educational programming that broadens the community’s awareness and understanding of current issues of human rights and social justice. For more information, please go to: