John Legend


10-time Grammy Awards winner, an Academy and Tony awards winner, philanthropist, and founder of the FREEAMERICA CAMPAIGN

Critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe, among others.

From a young age, Legend aspired to use his position in the entertainment industry as a platform for social change. In an essay competition Legend won at the age of 15, he wrote of his dream to become a recording artist and to use his influence and resources to give back to his community. And, that is exactly what he has done. Throughout his career, Legend has committed his time, energy and resources to social justice and equality.

For well over a decade, Legend’s philanthropy and advocacy has focused upon building just, equitable and thriving communities. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign, to give every child access to a quality education and address systemic issues in our criminal justice system. In 2014, he established LRNG Innovators in partnership with The National Writing Project, and with support from The MacArthur Foundation. Most recently, he introduced FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture change campaign focused on ending mass incarceration.

In addition to his signature initiatives, Legend serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Village Academies and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and on the advisory boards of The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Penn Law), and Teach for All, global network.